Veterinary Specialty Hospital
10435 Sorrento Valley Road
San Diego, CA  92121
Phone: 858-875-7500
Comprehensive guide to cancer diagnosis and treatment in cats and dogs
Oncology services include:
  • Multi-Specialty Comprehensive Cancer Care
  • Radiation Therapy
  • CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System
  • I-131 Radioiodine Treatment for Thyroid Tumors
  • Diagnostic Imaging (CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Endoscopy)
  • Nutritional and Quality of Life Support
  • Clinical Trials
  • Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine Referrals
  • Cancer Education for Pet Families and Veterinarians
Board-Certified Veterinary Oncologists:

Brenda Phillips, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

A board certified specialist in medical oncology, Dr. Brenda Phillips has special interests in the use of diverse chemotherapy
protocols, immunotherapy, and investigation of novel therapeutics in the treatment of her patients. Dr. Phillips takes pride in
the fact that she is able to offer a variety of treatment options for her patients, making the well being of her patients and
families her utmost concern.

Dr. Phillips graduated from Michigan State University in 1992 and was a general practitioner in Michigan from 1992 - 1994.
She then completed an internship at Auburn University in 1995 and her oncology residency at University of California-Davis
in 1997. Shortly thereafter she became a board certified specialist in Oncology. After serving as a faculty member at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia from 1997 - 2000, she
moved to San Diego in the spring of 2000.

Dr. Phillips has authored a book chapter and several scientific articles covering many aspects of veterinary oncology. Dr.
Phillips served on the board of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation for 8 years, including 2
years as president of the board. Dr. Phillips has the distinction of promoting the concept of clinical investigation in private
practice by leading and participating in numerous clinical trials since her arrival in San Diego. Due in part to this
participation, many more specialty practices around the country have also begun joining collaborative trials, generating new
knowledge at an ever increasing pace. In addition, recognizing the overlap between enhanced knowledge in human and
veterinary oncology, she has participated in fundraising events for the American Cancer Society, the Granulosa Cell Tumor
Foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Dr. Phillips shares her home with a fabulous Golden Retriever.

Blaise Burke, DVM, DACVR (Radiation Oncology)

A board certified specialist in Veterinary Radiation Oncology, Dr. Blaise Burke has special practice and research interests in
canine thyroid carcinoma, feline nasal tumors, and the use of chemotherapy to improve outcomes for radiation patients.

Dr. Burke graduated with honors from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech) in
2001. He completed an internship here at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in 2002. He then went to Cornell University,
completing a residency in radiation oncology in 2005. A native Virginian, Dr. Burke maintains a relationship with Virginia
Tech and is an active participant in research with that institution's Center for Comparative Oncology (CeCO).
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