While a student at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Zwahlen was a member of Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine, and a delegate and committee chairperson for the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. After earning her DVM there in 1994, she completed her internship at the All Care Animal Referral Center in 1996 and her residency at UC-Davis in 1998.
Dr. Zwahlen established the oncology service at SCVSH in 2005, and has since expanded it to include three oncologists and a support staff. She and her dedicated, motivated colleagues strive to provide a high level of personal, compassionate care for all patients and their families. Dr. Zwahlen’s goal as an oncologist is to improve and maintain an excellent quality of life by providing appropriate treatment, whether it be surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy or palliative care. Working within a multi-disciplinary specialty practice allows her to integrate these various therapies. Her approach is to incorporate herself, her staff and the pet owner as a team to ensure that each unique patient receives the ideal therapy for its particular tumor type. Helping owners and their animal companions through their cancer treatment is a great challenge and continues to bring her much satisfaction.
As a clinical professor at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Zwahlen assists in training veterinary interns and veterinary students. In the future, she hopes to continue teaching and looks forward participating in more clinical trials. She also is an active member of the Veterinary Cancer Society as well as the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology.
When not caring for patients at SCVSH, Dr. Zwahlen runs, reads, and acts as chauffeur and ATM for her two daughters. She also provides pet therapy at CHOC with her yellow Lab, River, and volunteers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.