Dr. Thamm is the Barbara Cox Anthony Professor of Oncology and Director of Clinical Research at the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center. He has authored over 175 peer-reviewed publications and 25 book chapters in veterinary and basic cancer research, is Co-Editor for the most recent edition of the textbook Withrow and MacEwen’s Small Animal Clinical Oncology, and is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the journal Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. Dr. Thamm is the President-Elect of the Veterinary Cancer Society and the 2023 recipient of the Alan Kelly International Prize in Canine Health from The Kennel Club.

Doug is passionate about evidence-based veterinary oncology, training the next generation of veterinary scientists, playing and listening to music, and his family. He is a two-time cancer survivor, has a second degree black belt in kung fu and used to be a serious inline speed skater.

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Exotics or NTCAs: What should you call the ‘weird’ pets?

You may have heard us mention these types of animals on Veterinary Ramblings before: they include hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and many other small furry friends – often called ‘exotic’.

But why do we call them exotic? Is this term really accurate? And what does it mean for owners of these animals?

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