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Alice Villalobos, DVM, DPNAP

Dr. Alice Villalobos is a pioneer in cancer care for pets. She completed a 3 year preliminary residency program in veterinary clinical oncology under the direction of Dr. Gordon H. Theilen and earned her doctorate from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. She was Founder and Director of Coast Pet Clinic/Animal Cancer Center, a multispecialty facility in Hermosa Beach, CA which provided an internship program, emergency and oncology services, including radiation therapy, to the greater Los Angeles area. After 24 years, Villalobos partnered her facility with Veterinary Centers of America. Dr. Villalobos is Director of Pawspice in Hermosa Beach and Animal Oncology Consultation Service in Woodland Hills, CA. She is a founding member of the Veterinary Cancer Society, the Association of Veterinary Family Practice and the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.

She is President of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics (SVME), past president and editor-in-chief for the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians (AAH-ABV) and a long time member of the AVMA, CVMA, SCVMA, AAHA, NAVC, VCS, AHF, SOPHIE and HSVMA. She is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and serves as Chair of the Veterinary Academy. She is author of the textbook, Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond (Blackwell Publishing, 2007) and The Bond and Beyond, a column in Veterinary Practice News. In 1977, Dr. Villalobos Founded the Peter Zippi Memorial Fund for Animals which documents over 12,000 rescued animals. She is an honored recipient of the Leo Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian Award and the UC Davis Alumni Achievement Award “for her pioneering role in bringing oncology services to companion animals.” Dr. Villalobos writes and lectures worldwide on veterinary oncology, quality of life, bioethics, the human-animal bond and palliative/hospice care for animals. She introduced the concept of “Pawspice” to the veterinary profession for end of life care. She created a well known Quality of Life Scale to assess animal patients which may be downloaded at Pawspice (which rhymes with hospice) combines palliative care with kinder, gentler standard care for companion animals diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting disease. Pawspice transitions into hospice care as the patient declines toward death.


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Jennifer Kachnic is the President of The Grey Muzzle Organization. She owns Canine Wellness, LLC in Colorado and is the author of the award winning book Your Dog's Golden Years.