Dr. Andrew H. Abbo
Since the early days of his medical training Dr. Abbo has been inspired by the opportunity to help animals and their owners move past the daunting cancer diagnosis, understand treatment options, and create a plan that focuses on quality of life. While it was the joy and hope he saw in pets and their owners that initially drew Andy to the field of oncology, now it's his ability to help relieve worry, change perceptions about cancer care, and see animals feeling great and acting like their own goofy selves—unaware that they have cancer—that fuels his passion for his job.
Andy believes cancer treatment is not a one-size-fits-all process, so he works closely with each family to help them understand the specific cancer they are dealing with and take the best path forward based on their goals.
As a proud dad not just to two human kids, but to several dogs, cats, and chickens, Andy knows the love, joy, and silliness that comes from a life with animals. It's something he sees in each family he works with, and it's why he takes the time to listen to owners and understand what their family and pet are going through. It's also why he works closely with clients to choose the right treatment for each patient—helping preserve that sense of a happy dog or cat life, even during chemotherapy.
DVM, honors, Kansas State University, 2004
Masters of Clinical Veterinary Science, Purdue University, 2008
Rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University 2004-2005
Residency in medical oncology at Purdue University, 2005-2008
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Board Certification in Medical Oncology 2009
Professional Memberships & Activities:
Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, Executive Board, Director
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Veterinary Cancer Society
Contributing Author Clinician's Brief
Andy is the only board-certified oncologist based in the South Shore, Cape and Islands region.
Having gone on the cancer journey with her beloved dog, Jack, Mikaela brings both professional and personal experience to every animal—and his or her family—at VCS New England. She is a great listener and explains the treatment process to you to help ease fears, always striving to help make you and your pet more comfortable throughout your experience.
With experience working in general practice, emergency, surgery, and oncology—medical and radiation—there isn't much Lyda hasn't seen and dealt with. Having spent time in so many aspects of veterinary care, Lyda knows what to look for and is always working to make your pet comfortable. Her goal is to help ensure a great quality of life for your animal—both at home and when you visit us at VCS New England.
After graduating from Mount Ida College and spending three years working in general practice it was time for a new challenge in emergency medicine for Jada. Then it was a chance opportunity in oncology that led Jada to fall in love with the specialty, which allows her the ability to fulfill her passion of helping patients get more quality time with their family. Jada enjoys writing short stories, singing and being in nature when not at work with the animals, per her own words “Basically, I grew up to be my favorite Disney princess.”
After graduating from Mount Ida with a degree in veterinary technology, earning the title Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) and spending 22 years working in emergency medicine, it was time for Melissa to make a change to oncology where she loves getting to know the clients and her patients. Melissa’s daughter is a competitive cheerleader and her husband a firefighter, her favorite past time is spending time with her dogs. She is a certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Massachusetts and Nationally as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical care.