Integrative Veterinary Oncology
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Phoenix, AZ 85008
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IVO Staff

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A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hershey, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), CVA
Terry Certified Veterinary Technician
Emy Veterinary Technician
Faylene Veterinary Technician
Mindy Client Services & Office Manager

Dr. Betsy Hershy & Bria
Dr. Betsy Hershey & Bria
  Dr. Hershey with her dog, "Brio"

What is a Veterinary Oncologist?

A veterinary oncologist is a veterinarian with a minimum of 2 years of specialty training beyond veterinary school.  Most veterinary oncologists have completed a 1 year small animal internship followed by a 2 or 3 year residency training program in medical oncology.  In addition to residency training, certification as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, subspecialty of Oncology, requires satisfactory completion of a 2-part examination and publication of a research project in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Hershey, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), CVA
A. Elizabeth (Betsy) Hershey,DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), CVA
Dr. Hershey received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Minnesota in 1996. 
She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and a 3 year residency in medical oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000.  She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, subspecialty of Oncology in 2001. 

Dr. Hershey worked for Arizona Veterinary Specialists in Gilbert , AZ for 3 years before opening Integrative Veterinary Oncology in Phoenix , AZ in 2005. Dr. Hershey received certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2006 from the Chi Institute and China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.  She is also trained in tui-na (Chinese massage) and Chinese herbal medicine.

Dr. Hershey has won numerous awards for her research on inhalation chemotherapy and vaccine sarcomas in cats and has recently been inducted into the Manchester Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals for her professional accolades and achievements.  She has authored and co-authored multiple publications, including a book chapter (List available at this link). She is also a featured consultant with the Veterinary Information Network, an online information/consulting resource for veterinarians.

Dr. Hershey is a member of the Veterinary Cancer Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.  She is married with 3 children and an entourage of dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs and horses.

Terry Certified Veterinary Technician
Certified Veterinary Technician
Terry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has been in the veterinary field for 26 years. She grew up in San Diego where her family bred and showed Keeshonds for many years.

She and her husband have a beautiful daughter, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 2 birds, several box turtles and desert tortoises. Terry loves camping, boating and the NHRA drag races.

Terry has great pride and compassion in caring for I.V.O clients and their pets. She is especially fond of geriatric pets and enjoys being a patient advocate.

Emy, Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician

Emy has been a technician in the Phoenix area for approximately 10 years. She has worked in general practice with both small and large animals, shelter medicine, emergency and spay/neuter. She is a native of Arizona that spent the majority of her childhood on the back of a horse. Whether it was riding English and Hunter Jumper or Western, running barrels and roping, she has always been a girl of the outdoors and enjoys anything that comes with it.

She has 2 pets, a French Bulldog mix that was adopted from a shelter and also a cat with one eye that originally came to her as a foster but in return found her forever home. She also opens her home from time to time for animals in need and provides a foster environment until they are healthy enough to go to their forever homes.

She has really enjoyed getting into the swing of things at IVO and seeing the benefits that come from alternative medicine. She will be visiting the Chi Institute in Florida in 2012 and will be learning first hand about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She hopes to be more knowledgeable from that experience and be able to express to owners how important alternative medicine is and in what ways it can benefit their animal.

Faylene, Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician


Faylene's 12 year career as a veterinary technician, ranges from general practice, spay/neuter and emergency. She recently joined IVO and is loving what Dr. Hershey brings to her patients and clients and is glad to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

Like all other technicians, Faylene has a house full. She and her husband have three handsome boys along with 4 dogs, 4 cats, fish and tortoises. She and her family often open their home and hearts to foster animals in need of a second chance.

Client Services & Office Manager

Mindy is a welcome addition to the IVO team. Prior to working with Dr Hershey she was the office manager for J M Custom Framing for 6 years. She has known Dr Hershey for over ten years and is grateful to work with her.

Mindy is happily married with two beautiful girls in elementary school. They enjoy the outdoors; hunting, gardening, and raising farm animals. They currently have three goats, 6 chickens, 3 dogs, and 2 kittens that came into the clinic without a home.

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