Dr. Abbo is now seeing new patients

We Understand

It’s a family thing

At VCS New England we are dedicated cancer experts who are ready to serve you, and we’re compassionate humans who are ready to support you. Our own cats and dogs are not just parts of our families but pieces of our lives. That’s why we do the work we do. We believe every single one of them is special and we want to give them all as many happy days as we can.

Our Family

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.

Veterinary Education:

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.

Dr. Lisa Abbo

It wasn't animals alone that drew Dr. Lisa Abbo into veterinary medicine, but also the bond that humans have with them. With all her patients Lisa's priority is understanding your animal and you so well that she can help you make the important quality-of-life decisions about their medical care. She is focused on offering unconditional support to families as you navigate a cancer diagnosis and treatment for your pet.

Lisa's interest and specializations in anesthesia and pain management are a natural extension of the empathy and compassion you feel when you meet and work with her. She is driven to provide not just the best care and expertise, but the patience and understanding that you need when it comes to caring for the animals in your life.

In addition to the cats and dogs she helps care for at VCS New England, Lisa oversees the health of the fish and harbor seals at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium and all the animals—from a 30-gram bird to a 600-pound lion—at the Capron Park Zoo. And when she goes home, in addition to her two human kids, Lisa has a household full of cats, dogs, chickens, and bees to enjoy and care for.

Veterinary Education:

DVM, honors, Kansas State University, 2004
Rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery, Purdue University, 2004-2005
Masters of Veterinary Anesthesia, Purdue University, 2008

Mikaela Cerio

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.

Lyda Dean

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.