Vienna, VA(703) 281-5121
The Oncology department at The Hope Center focuses on the care and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. This disease, in addition to it being physically challenging for the pet, it is also a troubling time for the owner. The department relies on the most advanced cancer therapies to treat the patient as well as education to help pet owners understand their pet’s condition and make the most informed decisions possible in line with the wishes of their family.
Emotional turmoil and feelings of helplessness are common when a pet is diagnosed with cancer. We consider it our duty to make the process as painless as possible. We try to spoil pets and owners alike, and to treat you as a part of our own family.
We believe the best way to combat the feelings of distress is to provide information and understanding. Many clients find it overwhelming to digest the amount of information regarding the diagnosis, potential treatment options and possible side effects. We excel at educating clients so that you may feel empowered and capable of making decisions.
There are always several different options for treatment. We offer state-of-the-art cancer care, combining traditional methods with cutting edge protocols. Dr. Beck and Dr. McNeill have experience not only with veterinary cancer, but also with several leading human oncology centers and with research for the National Cancer Institute.
Treatment recommendations should consider all aspects of the pet’s health, including pain relief, nutrition, and complementary and alternative therapies. Many newer drugs have almost eliminated debilitating side effects and most sources of pain.
This should be the ultimate goal of treatment, especially in pets whose cancer is not curable. By aggressively preventing pain and side effects, we expect our patients to have a higher quality of life than they did prior to diagnosis. We also speak with each family so that they know that saying goodbye is not giving up. We have many resources available for hospice and end of life decisions.
Dr. Beck joined The Hope Center in 2007 after a prestigious career in the field of Veterinary Oncology. Double-Boarded in Veterinary Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Dr. Beck has worked with a number of academic and private institutions providing her expertise and guidance. Dr. Beck’s major focus has been on developing cutting edge cancer treatments in pets that could be rapidly translated into human treatments. She believes in a multidiscipline approach, combining the best combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatments, to provide the best possible care, while avoiding side effects, and making the process as pleasant as possible for pets and their owners.
Dr. Conor McNeill joined The Hope Center in August 2009. He received his veterinary degree from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. After moving to the United States, he completed a rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He remained at the University of Pennsylvania to complete a residency in medical oncology and a fellowship in radiation oncology. Dr. McNeill is currently also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. McNeill is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is board certified in Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Lisa has been working in Veterinary Medicine since 1998 in various fields. She graduated cum laude in the Veterinary Technology program at NVCC in 2002 and completed her Bachelors of Science in Biology at George Mason University in 2009. She joined The Hope Center in 2004 working in the Emergency and Critical Care department and was quickly promoted to Lead Technician for the overnight shift. In 2010, a new and exciting challenge arose within the Oncology department that allowed her to become the Lead Technician for Dr. McNeill. She looks forward to providing your pets with the same compassion and dedication as if they were her own.
She was married on the white sands of Aruba in 2009 and lives happily with her husband and their 3 pets: Gabriel (drama queen), Kristy (cuddly food vacuum), and Monte Cristo (Chesapeake Bay Retriever who saved a drowning boys life in OBX.)
She is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS.)
Claire graduated from the University of San Diego in 2003 as an English major/Anthropology minor. After coming to the east coast, she enrolled in the veterinary technician program at NVCC and graduated in 2010. During the program, she completed an internship at The Hope Center where she developed an interest in Oncology. She worked for an area oncology practice before returning to The Hope Center in January 2011. Claire is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and the Lead Technician for Dr. Beck.
Claire has 2 dogs, Mugsy (Black Lab Mix) and Gunnar (Yellow English Lab) and enjoys outdoor activities such as riding horses.
Alix started in the veterinary field in 2002 as a kennel assistant at a private small animal practice and moved on to technician assisting in 2003. In January of 2010, she started at the Hope Center because of a desire to further her knowledge of veterinary medicine and to become a licensed technician. Alix started Cedar Valley Distance Education Veterinary Technician Program in Fall 2010 and is currently working towards her LVT license. She has a son, Rowan, who is 6 and 2 dogs: Tera, 10 and Normandy, 3. Alix enjoys art, reading and hiking. She loves the personal client and patient interaction in the oncology department and specifically like working with geriatric patients. One day she hopes to do more volunteer work both locally and in countries where veterinary medicine is not as available.
Laura has worked in veterinary medicine since 1989 when she began working at a small animal practice and doing volunteer work at a local shelter. She quickly realized she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine and chose to join the Army Veterinary Corps. In the Veterinary Corps she taught classes as an instructor at the Army’s Animal Care Specialist School in Washington DC. During her 5-year enlistment she worked with everything from military working dogs to marine mammals.
When her enlistment was up she continued to work in small animal practice and joined The Hope Center (Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Northern Virginia at that time) working in emergency medicine. She graduated cum laude from the Veterinary Technology Program at NVCC in 1999. Laura eventually left her position on the emergency side of the Hope Center to begin working in the Oncology Department in January of 2011, and she thoroughly enjoys working within the fascinating field of oncology.
She lives with her husband and two cats, Old Boy and Delilah. Her interests include reading, hiking, and taking pottery classes.
Laura is a member of VCS (Veterinary Cancer Society).
Michael has worked in the vet field since 1997 in numerous positions from kennel help to tech to manager to reception. She has been at Hope since 2004.
She is the proud owner of 2 rescued Chinese Crested’s and 2 cats, who were also rescued. Michael has fostered numerous types of infant wildlife including foxes, raccoons, kittens and squirrels. She enjoys collecting all things Disney, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
“What a blessing it was that our doctor sent us to The Hope Center. ”
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