Dick White Referrals


Staff Members

Davide Berlato

Head of Oncology

Julie Pradel

Consultant, Oncology

Sara Verganti

Consultant, Oncology

Charlie Pittaway

Clinical Fellow, Oncology

Onne-Marju Russak

Resident, Oncology

Angelo Capasso

Resident, Oncology


Just like people, our pets are living longer and this exposes them to an increased risk of cancer. This condition occurs when cells replicate at an abnormally fast rate and form masses, known as tumours.

There are many forms of cancer but, generally, dogs are affected by more types than cats. Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in cats and lymphoma and mammary gland cancer are most common in dogs.

Oncology is an increasingly important element of our referral services and we have a wealth of expertise in this area. Davide Berlato is a European and RCVS Recognised Oncology Specialist and our Head of Clinical Pathology, Elizabeth (Butty) Villiers, is recognised as one of Europe’s foremost experts in veterinary cancer diagnosis. Both Rob Foale and Jackie Demetriou have contributed to the scientific literature on this subject.

Early and accurate diagnosis is vital in the management of cancer and we have a state-of-the-art equipment on-site to facilitate this, including MRI and CT scanning facilities. We offer a full range of surgical and medical treatments, including chemotherapy.

We are passionate about ensuring that the quality of life for every cancer patient is maintained or improved as a result of their treatment, which is always aimed at minimising pain and restoring health and function where possible. In the unfortunate event of side-effects or complications developing, we will see the patient immediately and do all we can to reduce pain and discomfort, restoring the patient to health again if possible.

We understand the anxiety that arises when a pet is diagnosed with cancer and we strive to support owners throughout the course of the disease and its treatment.

Please select ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ from the menu on the left to gain further information regarding oncology. Also, please remember that your consultant will be pleased to answer any further questions you may have.

Specialist Referral Services

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