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Michelle Oblak

Assistant Professor   |   DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVS, ACVS Fellow of Surgical Oncology



Dr. Michelle Oblak is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College where she also completed a rotating internship and combined Residency/ Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) in Small Animal Surgery. Following completion of her DVSc she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida where she received designation as an ACVS Fellow, Surgical Oncology. Michelle is currently an Assistant Professor of Soft Tissue and Oncologic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Studies, Ontario Veterinary College.  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.

Research Interests

Dr. Oblak’s 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 comparative oncology program at the OVC involves research on osteosarcoma and innovative methods for staging and treatment of dogs with cancer including sentinel lymph node mapping, image guided therapeutics, and 3D printing and rapid prototyping for surgical planning and reconstruction. She is an assistant co-director of the University of Guelph Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI), and an active member of the Dog Osteosarcoma Group: Biomarkers of Neoplasia (DOG BONe) and Rapid prototyping of patient-specific implants for dogs (RaPPID) working group. 

Selected Publications

Wainberg*, S., Oblak, M.L., & Giuffrida, M. (in press, 2017).  Comparison of a ventral cervical versus two lateral incisions for extirpation of the mandibular and medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes in dogs.   Veterinary Surgery.

Asthana*, R., Oblak, M.L., Singh, A., & Mutsaers, A. (in press, 2017).  In vitro evaluation of a positive pressure simulated pneumoperitoneum environment using carbon dioxide on canine transitional cell carcinoma.   Veterinary Surgery.

Halwagi*, M., Crawford, E., Hoddinott, K., & Oblak, M. L. (2017).  Outcome of prolonged acute vena cava occlusion after iatrogenic transection and repair in a dog.   Canadian Veterinary Journal, 58 (8), 845-850.

Townsend*, S., Oblak, M. L., Singh, A., Steffey, M. A., & Runge, J. J. (2016).  Thoracoscopy with Concurrent Esophagoscopy for Persistent Right Aortic Arch in 9 Dogs.   Veterinary Surgery., doi: 10.1111/vsu.12572.

Wright*, T. & Oblak, M. L. (2016).  An Overview of Surgical Anatomy and Removal of Peripheral Lymph Nodes.   Today's Veterinary Practice, 6 (14), 20-28.

Oblak, M. L., Bacon, N., & Covey, J. (2016).  Perioperative Management and Outcome of Bilateral Adrenalectomy in 9 dogs.   Veterinary Surgery, 45 (6), 790-797, doi: 10.1111/vsu.12514.

Oblak, M. L., Boston, S. E., Woods, J. P., & Nykamp, S. (2015).  Comparison of concurrent imaging modalities in staging of dogs with appendicular primary bone tumours.  Veterinary and Comparative Oncology, 13 (1), 28-39.

Oblak, M. L. & Boston, S. (2014).  Ischiectomy With Limb Preservation for a Dog With Ischial Chondrosarcoma: Case Report and Surgical Technique.   Veterinary Surgery, 44 (5), 571-575, doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12296.x.

Oblak, M. L., Boston, S. E., Higginson, G., Patten, S., Monteith, G. E., JP Woods (2012).  The impact of pamidronate and chemotherapy on survival times in dogs with appendicular primary bone tumors treated with palliative radiation therapy.   Veterinary Surgery, 41 (3), 430-435.


Search ResearchGate for additional publications by Dr. Oblak.

ORCID F-4982-2015