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Oncology - Referral

Oncology at U-Vet

Many veterinarians have an interest in cancer and chemotherapy. Our specialist oncologist Dr Claire Canon has several years of advanced training solely in cancer diagnosis and treatment from the University of Minnesota.

She has the advantage of access to the most up-to-date research, experience in designing patient-specific protocols and altering treatment to maximise benefit and minimise side effects, and being part of a community of oncology specialists with whom to discuss difficult cases or novel approaches for treatment.

She has conducted research in identifying new targets for cancer treatment in feline oral squamous cell carcinoma and developing and implementing a clinical trial of a new treatment for this disease. She has also published research in canine histiocytic sarcoma and canine osteosarcoma, and is looking forward to bringing new avenues of research to U-Vet.


At U-Vet, we are in the fortunate position to have excellent diagnostic imaging and pathology facilities in-house. Having these gives our oncology patients access to rapid, expert interpretation of diagnostic testing and allows collaboration and direct discussion to help us to make the best decisions for our patients. We have a dedicated chemotherapy laboratory and closed-system administration system as well as a separate oncology ward to maximise safety for our staff and patients.


We can perform an extensive range of different chemotherapy treatments and are the only facility in Victoria licensed for high-dose radio-iodine for canine thyroid tumour treatment. Claire is also very experienced in counselling owners regarding palliative care options. Many clients benefit from a thorough discussion of the available options to help them make a decision that works best for them.

At U-Vet, we have one of the few specialist veterinary surgeons in Australia to have completed additional training specifically in oncologic surgery. We also have board certified specialists in oncology, pathology, emergency medicine, internal medicine and diagnostic imaging, all of whom may contribute to the care of an animal with cancer.

Oncology at U-Vet primarily treats dogs and cats, but if you have questions about a more unusual species please feel free to get in touch!


Claire is working as part of the internal medicine team, though is only seeing oncology cases. If you have questions about a case, please feel free to call 9731-2054 or email vet-sa-medicine@unimelb.edu.au.

Dr Claire Cannon
BVSc (hons), DACVIM (Oncology)

Medical Oncology

Claire graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and spent several years in general practice in Australia and the United Kingdom before deciding to specialise. During her internship, she worked with specialist veterinary oncologists for the first time. This opened her eyes to the fact that there are always options for treatment of animals with cancer, ranging from surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy to palliative or comfort care, and she decided that oncology was the career path for her.

She moved to the United States in 2009 to undertake a residency in veterinary oncology at the University of Minnesota. She became board certified in 2013 following completion of her training and went on to undertake additional training in research. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee from 2013-2015 and the University of Minnesota from 2015-2017. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and presented her research at several international conferences. Claire is delighted to be home in Australia and at U-Vet Animal Hospital.

Claire is passionate about providing excellent care to all animals with cancer, and their owners, with a focus on maintaining the best quality of life possible for her patients. Claire is looking forward to participating in research, including clinical trials, which will give our clients and patients access to new treatments that would not otherwise be possible. She is also excited to contribute to the training of our future veterinarians.