Double Board Certified Medical & Radiation Oncology Specialist Returns to Southern California’s Premier Multi-Disciplinary Veterinary Hospital

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Rodney Ayl BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, DACVIM, DACVR brings expertise in Medical and Radiation Oncology to Animal Specialty Group’s team of specialists and will be working alongside Staff Oncologist, Dr. Mary Kay Blake, to provide patients with the highest level of cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Rodney Ayl BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate ACVR

Dr. Ayl brings back with him a skill set and level of experience that will allow us to raise the bar for our patients’ care, even higher. It’s a great fit.

Animal Specialty Group (ASG), Southern California’s premier multi-disciplinary veterinary specialty hospital, is pleased to welcome back Dr. Rodney Ayl. While Dr. Ayl has a wide range of veterinary experience, his Board Certifications in Medical and Radiation Oncology are significant boosts to ASG’s Elite Specialty Team.

Steve Katz, hospital administrator shared;
“Dr. Ayl brings back with him a skill set and level of experience that will allow us to raise the bar for our patients’ care, even higher. It’s a great fit.”

Dr. Ayl echoes Katz’s excitement: “I’ve been working in Southern California since 1992, and Animal Specialty Group’s team has always been a beacon of excellence. I look forward to returning to serve the pets and their parents alongside this group, with a compassionate patient-directed approach.”

About Dr. Ayl
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Dr. Rodney Ayl received his formal veterinary training at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa, before returning to his home country to practice and work on large animals. After moving to the United States, Dr. Ayl first worked in a mixed animal practice in upstate New York, following this experience with an Internship in small animal medicine and surgery in New York City. After his Internship, Dr. Ayl completed a Medical Oncology Residency program at The Ohio State University and subsequently achieved separate Board Certifications in Medical and Radiation Oncology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Radiology, respectively.

Providing Medical and Radiation Oncology services in Southern California for over 20 years, Dr. Ayl will be returning to the Animal Specialty Group for the after an 8 year hiatus, having served as an ASG team member from 1993-2006.

In addition to his veterinary practice, Dr. Ayl has lectured internationally on topics related to cancer treatment in domestic animals and authored numerous articles regarding Oncology, which have appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals and reference books. Previously having served on the Public Relations Committees of both the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Ayl currently sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Zoo and works with a Grief Support Group to ensure the well-being of people faced with their pet’s cancer diagnosis.

His diverse contributions to the Veterinary Community also include providing consultation services to Veterinarians as well as participating in clinical trials of new treatment options for people and their pets. He is a member of the Veterinary Cancer Society, Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group, and the Veterinary Radiation Therapy Oncology Group.

About Animal Specialty Group
Animal Specialty Group (ASG) has been providing pets with the best compassionate care and most advanced specialized treatments for over 20 years. The well-respected animal hospital provides specialists from multiple disciplines, all working under one roof.

Cutting-edge treatments in Surgery, Internal Medicine, Medical & Radiation Oncology, Neurology, Physical Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine as well as Emergency and Critical Care are offered to dogs and cats of all breeds and sizes, through referrals from family veterinarians across the Southern California area and beyond. In addition, ASG offers one of the nation’s premier 24/7 emergency facilities, available to any pets in need.

Animal Specialty Group is located in Los Angeles, CA, but it serves veterinary communities throughout the entire Southern California region, from Santa Clarita, the Conejo and San Fernando Valleys to Irvine and Santa Monica to San Bernardino.

To learn more about ASG or to schedule an appointment, please visit or call (818) 244-7977.

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