Medical Oncology Team

Tony Mutsaers


Tony  graduated  from  the  Ontario  Veterinary  College  in 1997.  Following  a  year  of  private  practice  in  Newcastle Ontario he returned to OVC for a rotating internship in small animal  medicine  and  surgery,  followed  by  a  residency  in Oncology  at  Purdue  University .  He  is  a  Diplomate  of  the American  College  of  Veterinary  Internal  Medicine  in Oncology .  After his  residency  Tony  worked  as  a  clinical instructor  at the University of Queensland  in Brisbane, Australia.  He  then  returned  to  Canada  to  study  biomarkers  for  targeted oncology  drugs  at  the  Sunnybrook  Research  Institute,  culminating  in  a  PhD from  the  University  of  Toronto.  During  his  graduate  studies  he  practiced  part-time  as  a  medical  oncologist  at  OVC,  and  was  an  Adjunct  Professor  with  the Department  of  Clinical  Studies  from  2007  -  2010.  He  then  completed  a  post-doctoral  fellowship  at  the  St  Vincent's  Institute  of  Medical  Research  in Melbourne,  Australia  studying  osteosarcoma.  In  2011  Tony  became  an Assistant  Professor  at  the  University  of  Guelph  with  a  joint  appointment  in  the Departments  of Clinical Studies and Biomedical Sciences.



Danielle Richardson


Danielle Richardsonis a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. Following graduation from OVC in 2002, she spent three years in small animal practice in the Toronto area. She returned to OVC in 2005 to complete a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. Danielle then completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and achieved board certification in 2009. Danielle has been a Staff Internist at OVC since 2008 and spends her time on both the Medicine and Oncology Services.

Danielle was the recipient of the "OVC Class of 68 Award"for Teaching Excellencein2009 and 2010. She was also awarded the "Maureen Marinelli Award for Compassion and Outstanding Patient Care"in2008.


Paul Woods


Paul  Woods,  DVM,  MS,  Diplomate  ACVIM  (Internal Medicine,  Oncology)  is  Professor  of  Internal  Medicine  and Oncology  in  the  Department  of  Clinical  Studies  at  the Ontario  Veterinary  College  and  co-Director  of  University  of
Guelph  Institute  for  Comparative  Cancer    Investigation (ICCI).  He received his veterinary degree from the Ontario
Veterinary College and his Master of Science in Veterinary Science  at  the  University  of  Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr.  Woods  completed  a residency  in  Small  Animal  Internal  Medicine  at  the  University  of  Wisconsin-Madison  and  a  Medical  Oncology  Fellowship  at  Colorado  State  University .  He is  dual  Board  certified  in  the  American  College  of  Veterinary  Internal  Medicine (ACVIM)  in  Internal  Medicine  and  in  Oncology .  Dr  Woods'  research  focuses  on the  diagnosis  and  treatment  of  translationally  relevant  spontaneously  arising cancer  in  cats  and  dogs.  He  facilitates  clinical  trials  both  as  a  Primary Investigator  (PI)  and  as  co-investigator  with  other  clinical  researchers  (e.g. National  Institute  of  Health  Comparative  Oncology  Trials  Consortium  [NIHCOTC]).  He  also  clinically  coordinates  the  Companion  Animal  Tumour  Sample Bank  (CATSB)  which  collects  biologic  specimen  for  future  cancer  research using companion animal cancers. Formerly, Dr. Woods was in private practice in Owen Sound, Ontario and was on the faculty at the Center for Veterinary Health
Sciences  at Oklahoma State University .


Medical Oncology Residents

Steve Patten

Steve Patten

Steve Patten is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a graduate work in cancer biology at the University of Guelph, before entering the Ontario Veterinary College.  Steve completed a rotating internship at OVC's Health Sciences Centre, followed by a Medical Oncology Internship at the Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer. He is completing a residency/DVSc in medical oncology at OVC.

Steve's MSc research was in the field of tumor angiogenesis and response to targeted therapy.  As a DVM student and intern, he was involved with several research projects relating to animal cancer; specifically canine osteosarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and hemangiosarcoma and bettering our understanding of these diseases both from basic science and clinical perspectives.