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Small Animal Oncology

For small animal appointments call (979) 845-2351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Emergencies accepted 24 hours a day
Oncology

Our Service

Every day, our Oncology Service is striving to cure cancer in our beloved pets. However, a cure is not always possible, and we focus many of our efforts on achieving a good quality of life for all of our patients. We are active in clinical trials with the goal of finding better and more progressive ways to treat cancer in animals that may also eventually translate into better therapies for humans.  We work in partnership with you, your veterinarian, and other Clinical services to provide the most comprehensive and compassionate care for your pet.

A referral is needed for an appointment with one of our specialists. Please call (979) 845-2351 to schedule your appointment.

We are a member of the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium (COTC);  a group of several Veterinary Colleges that participate in multi-institutional clinical trials sponsored by the NIH through their Comparative Oncology Program (COP).

We are committed to promoting and establishing clinical trials that will better determine therapeutic options for cancer in companion animals. Please see our Clinical Trials page for a list of current trials in oncology.

Our Team

Our cllinical faculty and staff in the Oncology Service are dedicated to finding new therapies and diagnostic options to aid in the management and treatment of cancer. Our clinical faculty are leaders in their field and are passionate about patient care and training tomorrow's veterinarians. We work together as a team with you and your veterinarian to ensure your pet is able to have the best quality of life.

Claudia L. Barton

Claudia L. Barton, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Oncology)

Professor

Dr. Claudia L. Barton is a professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University. She attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate and her DVM. After 2 years of private practice in Cincinnati, OH, she came to Texas A&M University in the Department of Veterinary Pathology to do a clinical pathology residency. She then taught at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for several years in small animal oncology/internal medicine, then returned to Texas A&M University in 1979 as a staff oncologist. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialties of oncology and internal medicine and currently is the Medicine Residency Director. She had received both college-level and university-level teaching awards from the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M. Dr. Barton's major interest and expertise is in diagnostic cytology of tumors in animals.

Kenita S. Rogers

Kenita S. Rogers, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Oncology)

Associate Dean for Professional Programs

Dr. Kenita Rogers is a native of West Virginia and completed her undergraduate education with a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science at West Virginia University in 1979. She graduated with her DVM degree from Louisiana State University in 1982. After completing a 1-year rotating internship at the University of Georgia, Dr. Rogers spent 3 years in an internal medicine residency (1983-1986) at Texas A&M University. She received her Master's degree and joined the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1986. She was a faculty member in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences from 1986-2006, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine in the specialties of internal medicine (1987) and oncology (1990). She has served as the associate Dean for Professional Programs since 2006. She received the prestigious Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, the Richard H. Davis Teaching Award, and has been honored 3 times with the college-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Teaching Award (1991, 1997, 2003). She has also received the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Service Award on 2 occasions. Dr. Rogers is the author of over 50 articles in refereed journals and 30 book chapters, and has presented well over 100 continuing education seminars. In 2009, Dr. Rogers was named to the Dr. Charles H. and Mildred Kruse Bridges Chair in Veterinary Medical Education. Her current areas of interest include clinical oncology, cytology, student mentorship, curricular change, and outcomes assessment.

Heather M. Wilson-Robles

Heather M. Wilson-Robles, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

Assistant Professor

Dr. Heather M. Wilson-Robles is an assistant professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University. She finished her undergraduate and veterinary education at the University of Tennessee in 2003. Dr. Wilson-Robles then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center and a residency in medical oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of oncology. She received the E. Gregory Mac Ewen award for Outstanding Basic Science Research in the field of oncology from the Veterinary Cancer Society in 2006. Her research and clinical interests include cancer stem cells, osteosarcoma, and clinical trials.

Brandan Wustefeld-Janssens

Brandan Wustefeld-Janssens, BVSc, DipECVS

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Brandan Wustefeld-Janssens completed his veterinary training at the University of Pretoria. He received an AVP certification through the Royal Veterinary College (UK), and then finished a residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liverpool (UK) that resulted in board certification in surgery through ECVS.  He completed a one year fellowship in Surgical Oncology through Colorado State University. He is one of only two fellowship trained surgical oncologists in Texas.

Michael A Deveau

Michael A. Deveau, DVM, MS, DACVR (Radiation Oncology)

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael Deveau received his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology in the specialty of radiation oncology. His special interests include functional imaging and personalized dose prescriptions.

Jesse E Grayton

Jesse E. Grayton, DVM

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Jesse Grayton is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and moved to the US in 2001 for her undergraduate studies in North Carolina. She graduated with her DVM in 2009 from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and traveled to New York City for her rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Grayton completed an oncology internship in Orange County, CA at Veterinary Cancer Group before completing her oncology residency at Texas A&M. Her interests include radiation oncology, maintenance of quality of life throughout the process of diagnosis and treating cancer in pets, and hospice care.

Jacqueline Bloch

Jacqueline Bloch, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Block graduated with her BS in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Biology from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio and completed her DVM at the University of Missouri.  Dr. Bloch did a small animal rotating internship at Michigan State University, followed by a specialty oncology internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists.  Her scholarly interests include hematopoietic tumors, early cancer detection techniques, and patient care curing treatment.  Her hobbies include cooking, baking, running, traveling, outdoor activities, and playing with her pets.  Dr. Bloch has two mixed breed dogs, Tyler and Bennet, and two cats, Mizzou and Tiptoe.
Carissa Wood

Carrissa Wood, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Wood is a Missouri native and graduated with her DVM from the University of Missouri in 2013.  Dr. Wood completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury on Long Island, followed by a specialty oncology internship at the Animal Cancer Care Center in South Florida.  Her scholarly interest include feline specific tumor behavior, the molecular pathways of metastatic disease, zoo and wildlife neoplasia, as well as integration of multimodality therapy from various specialties including surgery and radiation therapy.  Her hobbies include running, reading traveling, and especially sports as an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Blues fan.  Dr. Wood had a long-haired dachshund, Mario, who is a retired research dog and three cats: Baby, Roko, and Henry.

Kendra Lyons

Kendra Lyons, DVM

Veterinary Resident Instructor

Dr. Lyons received her DVM from Washington State University in 2012; she completed her general rotating internship at a private practice in Michigan, and completed two oncology specialty internships at private practices in South Florida and Northern California.  She started her first year of oncology residency at VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in California, and is very excited to have the opportunity to finish her residency with Texas A&M University!  Dr. Lyons' clinical interests include the development of metastasis, non-cytotoxic cancer therapies, and pain management in the end-stage cancer patient.

Jaci P Christensen

Jaci P. Christensen, BS, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Jaci Christensen has been a veterinary technician since 2003. In 2008, she graduated with an Associate's degree in applied science from McLennan Community College's veterinary technician program. Jaci joined the Texas A&M family in May 2009. In 2015, Jaci graduated with her BS in Veterinary Technology.  Her days consist of client interaction, chemotherapy administration, patient care, and the instruction of 4th-year veterinary students that come through the oncology rotation.

Linda Rojas Knight

Linda Rojas Knight, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Linda is a 1998 graduate of Lone Star College (Tomball College) with an Associate's degree in veterinary technology. She worked in a private referral surgery practice in Houston for 2 years before joining Texas A&M in September 1998. She worked in small animal radiology and ultrasound for 12.5 years. She now works with the radiation oncologist as the radiation therapist.

Liz Wood

Liz Wood, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Liz Wood has been a veterinary technician since 2008.  In 2010, she graduated with an Associate's Degree in Applied Science from the Veterinary Technician Program at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. Liz moved to the Bryan/College Station area in 2012 and joined the Texas A&M family in January 2013. Liz's clinical responsibilities include communication and interaction with clients, patient care, chemotherapy administration, and technical skill instruction of the 4th year veterinary students. She is especially interested in the care of cancer patients at home as well as in the hospital.

Harmony M. Peraza

Harmony M. Peraza

Veterinary Technician

Harmony has been a veterinary technician since 1996. She began her career working as an assistant to large animal veterinarians with special interests in Quarter Horses. Harmony spent 18 years working in small animal, exotics and wildlife medicine. She moved into veterinary oncoloy in 2015 and joined the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in August of 2016. Harmony's clinical responsibilities include client communication & interaction, patient care, chemotherapy administration, oncology clinical trials, and technical skill instruction of the 4th year veterinary students.