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Avenelle Turner, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM




turner.jpgDr. Turner was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has always known she wanted to be a veterinarian.  She attended Colorado State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology in 1997, and then graduated from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Dr. Turner then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in NJ. This was followed by a comprehensive three-year residency in medical oncology at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in TX. She completed board certification and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2005. After completing her residency, Dr. Turner returned to the east coast and was the head of the oncology service at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists, a prestigious referral practice located in New York City. Her heart was always drawn to clinical research and practicing medicine at an innovative cancer center and so in March 2010, she relocated to Los Angeles, California after having accepted her current position at Veterinary Cancer Group.  She is currently the lead investigator of multiple clinical trials.

Dr. Turner has authored numerous publications and manuscripts.  She has been interviewed by national magazines and blogs. She speaks regularly to the local veterinary community and general public and enjoys educating both veterinary professionals and pet owners. Dr. Turner's professional interests are lymphoma, clinical research, comparative oncology, chemotherapy, metronomic therapy and palliative care.  She also supports a combination approach to cancer care, utilizing both eastern and western principles. Dr. Turner works regularly with holistically trained doctors to meet the needs of her patients. Dr. Turner's primary focus is to provide the best possible care to pets with cancer.  She believes in a bond-centered practice and delivers medical care along with compassion. Improving and providing a good quality of life for her patients is her top priority.  Dr. Turner feels strongly that the treatment should not be worse than the disease itself.
Dr. Turner resides in Santa Monica, California with her long-haired dachshunds, Sookie and Romo, and her dilute tortoiseshell cats, Zumi and Bedee.  In her free time, she enjoys exploring Southern California, wine tasting, traveling, reading and yoga.