April 4, 2022

SearchLight DNA Can Find Your Dog's Cancer Genotype | Dr. Esther Chon

SearchLight DNA Can Find Your Dog's Cancer Genotype | Dr. Esther Chon

Mutations in your dog’s cancer genotype can point to treatments that will be more effective. Dr. Chon explains how SearchLight DNA works.


SearchLight DNA is a test offered by the company Vidium Animal Health. This test sequences the genome of a dog’s tumor, and then compares that genotype to a database of mutations known to be associated with cancer… and the treatments that target them.

The best part? SearchLight DNA can be done with a simple fine needle aspirate, no surgical biopsy required.

The team at Vidium is made up of oncologists, genomic scientists, and pathologists who all work together on each case. This diverse team emphasizes the importance of using multiple strategies to treat cancer.

Listen in to learn more about SearchLight DNA and how it can be used alongside histopathology to determine the best treatment plan for your dog.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Show:

SearchLight DNA

Vidium Animal Health

About Today’s Guest, Dr. Esther Chon:

Esther Chon received her DVM from the University of California, Davis and became Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) after completing her residency in medical oncology at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison. She did a post-doctoral research fellowship and spent time as a clinical instructor at UW-Madison before joining private practice. As a veterinary medical oncologist, she has helped many beloved pets through their cancer journey and holds each patient close to her heart. Currently, Dr. Chon serves as the head of veterinary affairs at Vidium Animal Health, with the goal of making a global impact on how we care for pets with cancer. In this position, she uses her veterinary oncology experience to make precision medicine a reality in veterinary medicine.

Vidium's newest diagnostic offering is a best-in-class specialty pathology service, providing both histopathology and cytology. Our team combines deep expertise in cancer pathology with genomic diagnostics to provide unparalleled advanced cancer diagnostic evaluation for your patients. The leaders of Vidium's specialty pathology team include: Dr. Barb Powers, Dr. Jeffrey Edwards, and Dr. Derick Whitley. Contact our pathology team to learn how we can provide comprehensive diagnostics to help improve outcomes for your patients.

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