BluePearl Pet Hospital
Raleigh, NC

24/7 Emergency and Specialty

Pet oncology by BluePearl.

Advanced cancer care to help your pet live a longer and better life.

We understand that seeing your pet experience unusual symptoms or act out of the ordinary can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our veterinary oncology team is made up of experts in diagnosing and treating cancer, and we’re here to help. 

Our commitment is not just to treat illnesses; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Conditions we treat.

A BluePearl anesthesiology and pain management vet prepares to fix an anesthetic facemask on a yellow lab while a vet tech helps hold the dog on the exam table.

If your pet has cancer, you’ll have an entire oncology team helping to improve your pet’s quality of life so you can get back to what matters most – spending precious moments together.

  • Bone cancer
  • Liver and spleen cancer
  • Lymphatic system cancer
  • Mammary (breast) cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Soft-tissue cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Tumors
  • Urinary system cancer

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Radiography (x-rays)
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood testing
  • Biopsy
  • Cytology

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our oncology team has experience with a range of advanced procedures and minimally invasive options to get your pet on the path to wellness, including:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery

Our board certified specialists and oncology team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our oncology team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Rhiannon Doka

On the job

Dr. Rhiannon Doka provides compassionate and informative care for clients to make the best decisions for their pets’ cancer treatment options. Her goal is to give patients as much quality time as possible doing the things they love.
Dr. Doka’s special interests include comparative oncology, hematopoietic malignancy treatment, clinical trials, targeted cancer therapy and immunotherapy.

  • Residency, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Hospital of the Carolinas, Cary NC
  • Clinical Rotation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts
  • Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores FL
Off duty

Dr. Doka enjoys spending her free time with family and friends. She has two dogs, Duffy and Taygan, and one cat, Rizzo, that always keep her on her toes.

Carly Stevens

On the job

Dr. Carly Stevens has worked in both a cell biology and genetics lab. Her clinical interests include treating histiocytic sarcoma, lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma and tumors.

  • Residency, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Bachelor of Science, Cell Biology, University of California, Davis
Off duty

When not working, Dr. Stevens enjoys bicycling, hiking, listening to podcasts, trying new recipes and watching movies. She has a mixed-breed dog adopted in California and named after a local beach.

What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the oncologist, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • Make an initial appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary vet. 
  • We’ll get records from your primary or emergency vet before your first visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.

During your visit

  • When possible, we’ll examine your pet with you by their side to make them more comfortable. If additional tests are needed for a diagnosis, we’ll discuss those options with you.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as we go over your pet’s diagnosis together.
  • Before you leave, you’ll receive a detailed treatment plan, discharge instructions and any recommended medications. We’ll schedule a recheck appointment and make sure you’re aware of any symptoms you should watch out for at home.

After your visit

  • Our team will continue to partner with your primary veterinarian as part of the ongoing management of your pet’s care.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any concerns about providing care at home (such as giving medication, maintaining a specific diet or monitoring your pet’s symptoms), let us know – we’re here for you.