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VCA offers most advanced technology to treat animals with cancer

March 20, 2018




Veterinary specialist, Dr. James T. Custis, III, Radiation Oncologist, who practices at the VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic in Dallas, Texas joins eHealth Radio & the Animal Health Channel to discuss how VCA offers the most advanced technology to treat animals with cancer.


Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. James T. Custis discuss the following:

  1. As a veterinary radiation oncologist at VCA’s Animal Diagnostic Clinic, can you share some background on why you chose to specialize in veterinary oncology and some of the advanced educational and training requirements that are needed for this specialty? 
  2. Can you tell us about VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic’s state-of-the art TrueBeam Radiotherapy System and how it is used to diagnose and treat pet cancer?
  3. What types of cancers can be treated with this technology and what are the benefits for pet patients and their families?
  4. It appears that VCA is on the forefront of veterinary oncology with the latest tools and techniques to treat even the most challenging cancer cases. Are there many other facilities that offer this type of advanced technology and multi-disciplinary approach to pet cancer?
  5. When a pet is being treated for cancer, what should pet parents expect during and after treatment?
  6. In addition to advanced technologies like the TrueBeam, what other innovative tools and techniques are you aware of that are being developed to treat pet cancer in the future?


Dr. Custis received his DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. During his two years in a progressive small animal practice in Houston, Texas, he developed a particular interest in oncology. Thus, he then pursued a one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Greensboro, North Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a dual program consisting of a Master of Science in Radiological Health Sciences, and a residency in veterinary radiation oncology at Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center. He became board certified in Radiation Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2011. During his residency training at the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center, Dr. Custis became proficient in the utilization of new modalities such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT) in an effort to improve local tumor control and decrease normal tissue side effects. Dr. Custis remained on faculty at Colorado State University until joining our team in 2015. His research interest's center upon the treatment of spontaneously occurring tumors in client owned animals with an emphasis upon the potential translational applications and the benefits of radiation therapy.

In his spare time, Dr. Custis enjoys the outdoors, golf, and running with his canine companion, Huckleberry.

About VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic

VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic provides veterinarians, along with their clients and pets, with the highest quality diagnostic and therapeutic care as it relates to internal medicine, oncology and cardiology.

 Located in Dallas, Texas, specialists and technicians are trained to the highest standards. Their thorough knowledge of the latest procedures and medicines ensures that patients receive the best care available. One such advancement is the state-of-the-art TruebeamTM radiation technology that can deliver better, safer and faster radiation treatment with unmatched precision to tumors.

At the heart of VCA’s advanced care services are board-certified veterinarian specialists, who have access to extensive medical resources, not the least of which is the VCA knowledge base, which allows doctors to tap into the collected knowledge of over 4,000 VCA veterinarians.





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