Since 2000, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital has been the home of Akron Veterinary Internal Medicine/Oncology Practice. We treat and care for pets as if they were family — because we know they are a special part of yours! To that end, it is our goal to make your pet’s visit with us as easy on YOU as on them.
To make an appointment or receive treatment from our board-certified specialists, you’ll need a referral from your veterinarian.
We provide the latest diagnostic and treatment regimens, including:
- Retroflex nasopharyngoscopy
- Endoscopic biopsy
- Foreign body retrieval
- Oxygen therapy
- Blood-gas analysis
- Continuous thoracic suction
- Whole blood and plasma transfusion therapy
- Bone marrow aspiration
- Nutrition therapy
- Esophagostamy/PEG tubes
Anticipating the possibility of testing, we ask that all patients withhold food 12 hours prior to your appointment.
If your pet is diabetic, please check with our receptionist for specific instructions on feeding and medications.
Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Marcia A. Carothers – Retired
- Diplomate: ACVIM (Board Certified I.M. Specialist), 1992
- DVM: University of Georgia, 1984
- Residency: The Ohio State University
- Internship: Auburn University
- BS: Clemson University, 1976
- Areas of Special Interest: Renal disease, Endocrine disease, GI disease, and Hematology
Born in Aiken, South Carolina, Dr. Carothers started the Akron Veterinary Internal Medicine Practice in 1995. As an Internal Medicine Specialist, there are so many things she loves about her job. Finding and diagnosing a medicine problem can be a challenge. However, each patient she works her hardest to give them the life and quality they deserve! Not only does she have the medical knowledge and experience but her love for her patients shows greatly as she treats them like they are her own! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Nick, camping, hiking, fishing and gardening. Her furry family includes Boomer, Belle, Cabin Kitty, and Ninja.
Dr. Rance M. Gamblin
- Diplomate: ACVIM (Oncology), 1997
- DVM: Mississippi State University, 1992
- Residency: The Ohio State University, 1997 (Oncology/Hematology)
- Internship: Colorado State University 1993
- BS in Biology: Mississippi State University, 1988
- Areas of Special Interest: Lymphoma, Mast Cell Tumors, Hemangiosarcoma, and Osteosarcoma
From Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Gamblin has been a co-owner and staff oncologist with the Akron Veterinary Internal Medicine/Oncology Practice since 1997. He enjoys the multi-modality cancer treatment approach of surgery, medical and radiation oncology. In his time away from the hospital, Dr. Gamblin spends time with his family that includes his wife Tracie, two daughters Lauren and Anna, and furry friends, Pepper (DSH) and Roux, the chocolate Labrador. He is also an avid outdoorsman and volunteers for several wildlife conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the Ohio Waterfowl Association, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Dr. Greg Chambers
- Diplomate: ACVIM (Board Certified I.M. Specialist), 2012
- DVM: Texas A & M University, 2004
- Residency: California Animal Hospital
- Internship: Oklahoma State University
- BS in Biomedical Science: Texas A & M University, 1999
- Areas of Special Interest: Gastrointestinal (including liver and pancreas), Endocrine, Pulmonary, Renal and Immune Mediated Diseases
Dr. Chambers was born in Wichita, Kansas but grew up in Midland, Texas. He chose internal medicine for both the challenge of diagnosing and treating complicated diseases and to help preserve the special relationship between patients and their families. Dr. Chambers spends time with his family which includes; his wife Wendy and two children. He also enjoys hiking, reading, movies, walking and playing with their dogs. His furry family consists of Anna (Lab mix), Lily (Airedale), and Sam (Abyssinian/Maine Coon mix).
Dr. Julie A. Stanton
- Diplomate: ACVIM (Board Certified I.M. Specialist), 2018
- Residency: Cornell University
- Internship: University of Georgia
- DVM: Kansas State University, 2013
- BS: Tulane University, 2008
- Areas of interest: Endocrinology, renal disease, immune mediated disease
Dr. Stanton grew up in Bainbridge, OH and joined the Akron Veterinary Internal Medicine Practice in August, 2017. She chose internal medicine to focus on helping animals affected by the most difficult diseases achieve the best quality of life possible. In her spare time, Dr. Stanton enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband Shaun, pit bull mix Bella, and cat Taggart.
Dr. Sarah A. Perdion
- Board Eligible: ACVIM-SAIM
- DVM: The Ohio State University, 2002
- Residency: MedVet Associates
- Internship: MedVet Associates
- BS in Horticulture: The Ohio State University, 1998
- Areas of Special Interest: GI Disease, Liver Disease, Renal Disease, and Hematology
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Perdion came to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital and joined the Akron Veterinary Internal Medicine Practice in July of 2006. Dr. Perdion enjoys a variety of things about internal medicine. To her, it is never boring and no two days are alike. She enjoys being able to be a part of her patient’s medical team and helping them get back to the life they deserve! In her spare time, Dr. Perdion enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She also takes pleasure in reading and scrap booking. Dr. Perdion’s furry family consists of Miss Lucy (Terrier), Pete (Terrier Mix), and Super Sham(Kitty).
Dr. Patricia L. Thalhofer
- Board Eligible: ACVIM-SAIM
- DVM: The Ohio State University, 2005
- Residency: Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, 2009
- Internship: Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital, 2006
- BS in Biology: Westminster College, 2001
- Areas of interest: Oncology, Hematology, and Cytology
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Thalhofer joined Akron Veterinary Internal Medicine/Oncology Practice as an associate veterinarian in 2009 after completion of her internal medicine residency. A strong interest in cancer medicine lead to her current position, overseeing Oncology Services, our chemotherapy administration service. Dr. Thalhofer’s compassion for animals shows greatly through her work and dedication to her patients and their owners. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, having dinner with friends, and spending time with her kitty, Pumpkin and her dog, Leon.
Dr. Vanessa H. Dollo
- Diplomate: ACVIM (Board Certified I.M. Specialist), 2019
- DVM: The Ohio State University, 2013
- Residency: Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
- Internship: Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital
- BS: Miami University, 2009
- Areas of Special Interest: Endocrine Disease, Immune Mediated Disease and Renal Disease
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Dollo came to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in 2013 to complete a one-year rotating small animal internship. She then completed an internal medicine residency with the Akron Veterinary Internal Medicine Practice (AVIMP). Dr. Dollo is dedicated to giving her patients the best possible quality of life and loves the challenges internal medicine provides. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.