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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.

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.

Jessica Fongeallaz

After graduating from Becker College, Jessica found herself in a rotating position in an academic referral hospital. It was here that she found her love for veterinary oncology. After almost 5 years in that position, Jessica is looking forward to continuing to grow and expand upon her skills in a new environment. She loves giving patients and their families more quality time together. In her spare time Jessica enjoys spending time with her dogs and horses on her small farm in CT.

Bailey Stauffer

After spending a few years in general practice, Bailey was excited to move into oncology, where her goal is making every patient feel comfortable while visiting the office and providing support for good quality of life at home. During her free time Bailey enjoys boating in the summer, skiing in the winter, and, most important of all, spending any free moment with her pups.

Amanda Cotter

Growing up Amanda always wanted to work with animals and started her path by working in general practice. Amanda has made the transition from general practice to speciality care and is excited to continue her journey at Veterinary Cancer Specialists of New England.

Amanda enjoys spending time with her animals as well as going to the beach!