Dr. Michelle Oblak

Meet Dr. Michelle Oblak

DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVS, ACVS Fellow of Surgical Oncology

Keywords: Multimodal Cancer Therapy, Surgical Veterinary Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Minimally Invasive Techniques, Translational Medicine, Comparative Oncology

Profile(s): University of Guelph Experts, Department of Clinical Studies

Current Positions

  • Associate Professor of Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery – Department of Clinical Studies, University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College)
  • Research Chair in Veterinary Medical Innovation – Animal Health Partners
  • Assistant Co-Director – University of Guelph Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI)
  • Member of the Dog Osteosarcoma Group – Biomarkers Of Neoplasia (DOG BONe) and Rapid prototyping of patient-specific implants for dogs (RaPPID) working group

Seeking Partnerships in the Areas of

  • Novel intervention and technology for diagnosis and treatment of cancer
  • Comparative oncology and clinical trials utilizing spontaneously occurring disease models in companion animal patients
  • Innovations and applications in surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgical procedures

Education and Employment Background

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – DVM (Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
  • Residency/ Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) in Small Animal Surgery
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Surgical Oncology (University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, USA)
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; ACVS Fellow of Surgical Oncology

Research Themes & Interests

Dr. Oblak is an active researcher with a focus on translational research and has several collaborations considering dogs as a naturally occurring disease model for cancer in humans. Her innovation and translational medicine program at the OVC involves research on the integration of technology and novel techniques for treating patients with cancer including sentinel lymph node mapping, image guided therapeutics, minimally invasive and interventional techniques and 3D printing and rapid prototyping for surgical planning and reconstruction.  She is also an active collaborator in several clinical trials involving patients with osteosarcoma, prostate and bladder cancer, oral tumours, pancreatic tumours and others.

Her primary goal is to enhance quality of life and care in veterinary cancer patients by providing patient-centred plans that integrate multiple modalities for optimal treatment. As a member of the soft tissue surgery service, her role not only includes offering advanced surgical procedures for pets with cancer, she also performs basic and advanced soft tissue and neurologic surgery and has an interest in minimally invasive surgical options for companion animals.

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Email: moblak@uoguelph.ca
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 54833
Website: www.veterinaryinnovation.uoguelph.ca 

Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road E.,
Guelph, ON, Canada, N1G 2W1