Oncology at CVETS

Oncology is the treatment of cancer. The CVETS oncologist has completed a three year residency to become board-certified in this highly specialized area (DACVIM-Oncology).

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The Oncology Department

CVETS offers extraordinary care for pets in diagnosing, managing, and treating various forms of cancer. With our brand new state-of-the-art chemotherapy room, our nurses can practice high levels of patient care while keeping our staff and your pets safe. With full diagnostic capabilities involving computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, digital radiographs, and IDEXX laboratory equipment, staging is convenient for you and your pets.

Treatment options for different types of cancer can include chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery. Working in conjunction with our other specialties the oncology department can diagnose, stage, and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your pet’s cancer.

Commonly Treated Cancers

-Hemangiosarcoma of the spleen, liver, heart or skin

-Mast cell tumors




-Squamous cell carcinoma

-Transitional cell carcinomas

-Mammary Carcinoma



-Anal sac adenocarcinoma

-Soft tissue sarcoma

-Vaccine associated fibrosarcoma


Dr. Sarah Kraiza, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Sarah Kraiza (Payne) received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1999. After graduation, Dr. Kraiza completed a 12-month internship at VCA – VRA in Gaithersburg, MD (“the barn”). During her internship, she developed an interest in surgery and oncology and she spent a second year at VRA working with radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery patients. Dr. Kraiza completed a residency in medical oncology at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts in Grafton, MA. and spent an additional year as a clinical instructor. In 2006, Dr. Kraiza achieved board certification in medical oncology. Since graduation, Dr. Kraiza has worked in private practice in CT, SC, and FL.

Dr. Rebecca Brown, DACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Brown grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and received her B.S. degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida. She received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2007 and after completing a small animal medicine and surgery internship in New Jersey, she headed back south to the University of Tennessee where she completed her residency in medical oncology.  Dr. Brown has been practicing in South Carolina since 2011 and has particular interests in hemangiosarcoma, histiocytic sarcoma, metronomic chemotherapy, and targeted therapies. She has lectured on state and national levels and has conducted research in areas of hemangiosarcoma and anal sac apocrine gland adenocarcinomas. Outside of work Dr. Brown enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, and watching Florida football.