Genevieve Hammond

DVM, DACVR
Dr Hammond
Veterinary Specialist
Oncology
Dr Hammond

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2002

Board Certified:

DACVR (oncology)

Dr. Genevieve Hammond knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian. After attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia for a Bachelor of Science with Majors in Biochemistry & Microbiology, she moved to Saskatoon to attend the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002 she received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with distinction and, following graduation, stayed on at W.C.V.M. to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship.

Dr. Hammond worked as an emergency veterinarian in British Columbia for several years, before deciding to specialize in oncology. She moved to Northern California and completed a veterinary Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, & Surgical Oncology Internship at the University of California, Davis. She then began a veterinary Radiation Oncology Residency, and in September 2009, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in the specialty of veterinary Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Hammond loves being a veterinarian and enjoys all aspects of veterinary oncology including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and immunotherapy. She is dedicated to helping owners make informed treatment decisions for their pets, and to improving the quality of life for all pets with cancer.

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Oncology

Our sole focus is your pet’s cancer treatment

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer in your beloved pet can be both devastating and frightening. However, discussing the extent of the disease, treatment options, and prognosis with a medical oncologist will help you make an informed decision regarding further therapy. Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital offers oncology services to assist you and your pet at this difficult time. We know that quality of life is paramount, and we are here to help guide and support you through the diagnostic steps and treatment options available. The goal of Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital Oncology Service is to increase the life span of your companion animal, while at the same time maintaining the quality of life during treatment. Even if you choose not to pursue treatment, having discussed the available options with a medical oncologist can often make you feel more comfortable with your decision.

What is a board certified medical oncologist?

A medical oncologist is a veterinarian who has undergone advanced residency training in the science, diagnosis, staging, treatment, and monitoring of cancer in small animals. Medical oncologists usually become involved in a case after the diagnosis of cancer has been made by your family veterinarian. Consequently, their first step is to conduct various staging tests.

Staging tests look for any evidence of metastasis (spread) of cancer, both locally and systemically. This often involves imaging (for example, chest x-rays and/or abdominal ultrasound) as well as laboratory tests (such as bloodwork, or the sampling of lymph nodes or internal organs for microscopic evaluation).

After staging tests are completed, the medical oncologist consults with a surgeon or radiation oncologist if indicated. Once all of the information is gathered, the medical oncologist recommends an appropriate treatment plan. Because of their specialized training, medical oncologists can discuss the optimum therapy based on current research, and if necessary, customize a protocol for an individual patient.

If surgery is indicated, the patient is referred to our board-certified surgeon for the procedure, and then returns to the oncologist for follow-up care. Treatment goals vary, depending on the type and extent of cancer; some forms of cancer have a high chance of being cured, while others can often be put into a long-term remission with one or a combination of therapies (such as surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy). If remission occurs, a medical oncologist will formulate a follow-up plan to monitor for disease recurrence, and can then recommend further treatment options. Other times, treatment is aimed at palliation (making the patient feel more comfortable), which can greatly enhance the pet’s quality of life.

Services Offered:

DIAGNOSTICS SERVICES AND STAGING TESTS

  • Fine Needle Aspirates With Cytology
  • Surgical Biopsies With Histopathology
  • Advanced Laboratory Diagnostics:
    • Immunocytochemistry
    • Immunohistochemistry
    • Flow Cytometry
    • PARR (PCR For Antigen-Receptor Rearrangement)
  • Bone Marrow Aspirates And Biopsies
  • Diagnostic Imaging
    • Digital X-Rays
    • Ultrasound
    • CT Scan

COMMON CANCERS TREATED


  • Anal Sac Adenocarcinoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Histiocytic Sarcoma
  • Lung Tumours
  • Lymphoma/Leukemia
  • Malignant Melanoma
  • Mammary Tumours
  • Mast Cell Tumours
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Nasal Tumours
  • Oral Tumours
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Thyroid Carcinomas
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma

THERAPEUTIC SERVICES


  • Chemotherapy Protocols, Which Are Customized To The Individual Patient
    • High-Dose, Conventional Chemotherapy
    • Metronomic Chemotherapy
  • Targeted Therapy
    • Small Molecule Inhibitors (Palladia®, Kinavet-CA1®)
    • Immunotherapy (Oncept® Melanoma Vaccine)
  • Internal Consultations With A Board-Certified Surgeon And Radiologist
  • Consultations Regarding The Use Of Radiation Therapy
  • Pain Management And Palliative Care
  • 24-Hour, 7-Days A Week Emergency And Critical Care
 
Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital

760 Roderick Street

Victoria, British Columbia V8X 2R3

Main: 250-475-2495

Fax: 250-475-1909

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Referral Services:

By appointment only

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