1. Dr. Gerald Post, Veterinary Oncologist Spoke at the International Congress of the Society for Melanoma Research

    The Veterinary Cancer Center (VCC) is a world class facility that specializes in the veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals.

    NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Dr. Gerald Post , DVM, MEM, DACVIM (Oncology) is one of only two hundred board-certified veterinary oncologist in the United States. Dr. Post graduated with distinction from Cornell University in 1983 and received his DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in in 1988. In 1991, he completed a residency in Oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York and in 1992 became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

    Dr. Post has authored many papers and book chapters on the topics of oncology and hematology, and was recently recognized by New York magazine as one of the best veterinarians in the tri state area. Recently, Dr. Post and his colleagues authored two seminal papers significantly advancing the treatment of both B-cell lymphoma and T-cell lymphoma in dogs. Dr. Post has devoted his life to animals and always had a strong interest in small animal oncology. He truly believes that the knowledge gained through comparative oncology can be used to cure many cancers not only in animals but humans as well.

    As well as being a practicing veterinary internal physician in the tri state area he is also a principle owner of the Veterinary Cancer Center (VCC) in Norwalk, CT. This is a world class facility that specializes in the veterinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals. This facility is privately owned and one of the largest standalone cancer facilities. Almost every case we handle is referred to us by a family veterinarian seeking expert outside counsel. Our approach is to work with your regular veterinarian and form a team of medical experts with a common goal of extending both the quality and length of your pet’s life.

    Dr. Post has also found the Animal Cancer Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of The Riedel & Cody Fund. Both of these foundations support the prevention and possible financial support of both pets and families in need. Dr. Post is also an affiliated partner with the Cornell University Veterinary Specialist and on the scientific advisory board of both Abbott and Bayer.

    Dr. Post will be having a speaking engagement at the upcoming International Melanoma Conference in Hollywood, CA on November 8-11th. One of only a few veterinarian specialists selected to contribute at this prestigious annual meeting. In addition, Dr. Post will be speaking on October 2, 2012 @ 7:30PM at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, CT about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in animals and how this translates to humans.

    Throughout his career he has offered both hope and compassion to pet owners. Whatever the diagnosis, Dr. Post will offer endless support and the best possible recommendations for your pet going forward.

    Contact information for Dr. Post – The Veterinary Center at 129 Grover Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: 203.838.6626,, email:

    Media Contact: Brooke Valenti The Veterinary Cancer Center, 917 363 5345,
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  2. Melanoma Tumor Board Meeting and ACF

    I just returned from a Melanoma Tumor Board Meeting in Washington, DC and I do not remember being more excited by the outcome of a conference. There were close to 50 people in attendance ranging from medical oncologists to molecular biologists to geneticists to veterinary medical and radiation oncologists to pathologists-both veterinary and human. This group of people represented the “best of the best” in terms of melanoma researchers and clinicians.

    This conference, supported by the Animal Cancer Foundation, will result in the publication of a “white paper” describing a consensus statement espousing the value of canine oral malignant melanomas as a model for certain types of melanomas in people. People from both sides of the “human and veterinary aisle” passionately and eloquently described the need for developing this model.

    The organizers of this conference have done what no one has been able to do for 20 years—effectively guide such a diverse group of cancer researchers to reach a consensus statement.  They have truly allowed me to see a dream of mine move towards fruition. Since starting the Animal Cancer Foundation in 1999, I have hoped to galvanize the cancer community in this manner. It is such a wonderful feeling to

  3. What I would change about the Veterinary Education System

    I was at a conference recently with two colleagues of mine and we started talking about veterinary education. I am not sure how the topic came up, what we all started discussing the same point almost in unison. The topic was communication and how veterinarians discuss options with pet owners.

    All three of us had graduated from different veterinary schools, gone through different internships and residencies –and yet we all agreed that veterinary students everywhere need to re-organize their communication priorities.

    What do I mean “communication priorities”—I mean medical/surgical options need to be prioritized above finances. Don’t get me wrong, finances are AN important consideration when discussing any medical therapy, but they should not be the primary one. Information about options- ALL the options available, should be THE most important consideration.  Once a veterinarian and pet owner both understand what options are available for the pet, then, and only then should finances-or whatever other constraints –time, emotional, finances, etc.–may be pertinent to that pet owner be discussed.

    By prioritizing information and options first and finances second, we can better insure that the pet will get the best care possible AND that everything will be done that the pet owner can afford. If the priorities are stay as they are, clients will continue to feel that optimal care was not recommended or given, veterinarians will feel they need to be accountants, bankers and financial managers first and medical professionals second.

    We, the veterinary profession, need to trust pet owners. Trust that they can make the best decision for their family and their pet. This requires accurate and complete information. Veterinarians need to allow the owners to hear ALL of their options and then help them make choices, rather than only communicate those options the veterinarian THINKS the owner’s can afford.  Veterinarians need to be medical professionals not financial professionals. Pet owners come to us for medical information and guidance.

    Survey after survey over the past 25 years have shown that owners would have done more for their pet if their veterinarian had recommended it. The impetus to change the way we as veterinarians communicate needs to start at the veterinary schools throughout the country, this is where we learned the current communication prioritization.

    Empowering the pet owners and informing them of all the options available—as a starting point for discussion –may not be easy, but it is the right thing to do for the pets that have been entrusted into our care.