VCA University Veterinary Clinic

May 2014 Champion of the Month

By Dr. Swieter
Published: May 30, 2014

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Jessie Vernoski is a 10 year old Domestic Shorthair cat who came to see Dr. Swieter in February because her nose was looking “blood red”. Dr. Swieter recommended taking a biopsy of her nose during anesthesia for an upcoming dental cleaning. The biopsy was performed and Jessie was diagnosed with Fibrosarcoma, a type of cancer that can be very aggressive but does not often spread to other organs.

Jessie was referred to VCA SouthPaws for a CT scan to ensure that the fibrosarcoma could be removed surgically and that it had not spread too far into her nose.

In mid March, Jessie’s cancer was surgically removed by Dr. Gardner. The biopsy indicated a low grade fibrosarcoma and that there was over 90% certainty that all of the cancer was removed.

By two weeks after her surgery, Jessie was acting like herself again and was ready to travel to visit family for Easter. We are so happy with how well Jessie has done and are very proud of our little CHAMPION!

If you would like more information on Jessie, any of our previous Champions of the Month, or are concerned about a facial lesion on your pet, please contact our staff.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 703-385-1054. If it is after hours, please contact one of the following nearby emergency care clinics.

- The Hope Center, 703-281-5121, 140 Park Street SE Vienna, VA 22180

- VCA South PAWS, 703-752-9100, 8500 Arlington Boulevard Fairfax, VA 22031