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MACC Welcomes New Director

Dr. Julie Wentz

For Julie Wentz, DVM, taking over as the director of Mizzou Animal Cancer Care is more than an opportunity to help pets with cancer, it is a chance to build relationships. Wentz, who has spent 22 years working in emergency veterinary medicine, said she was ready to take her career in a different direction.

“I like the idea of treating cancer patients,” Wentz said. “This will allow me to get to know my patients instead of treating them and sending them on their way, which is a lot of what I did in emergency medicine.”

Wentz replaced George Buckaloo, DVM, as the director of Mizzou Animal Cancer Care in mid-June. Buckaloo, who retired, had operated the center since it opened in 2011. Wentz was scheduled to begin work at MACC July 1, however, on May 31 a tornado caused heavy damage to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Bridgeton where she had been working, effectively shutting down the facility and prompting Wentz to move up her start date at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine satellite operation.

The cancer treatment facility provides radiation therapy to cats and dogs referred there for treatment by their regular veterinarians. Located in Wentzville, Mo., MACC makes cancer treatment for pets more convenient for St. Louis-area animal owners, who, in the past, made the four-hour round-trip drive to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Columbia.

Wentz, a native of Granite City, Ill., has practiced veterinary medicine in the St. Louis area since earning her DVM from the University of Illinois in 1991. In addition to working at the emergency clinic, she has performed relief work for several St. Louis small animal practices, and was an independent contractor for emergency and medical coverage at the Nestle- Purina Research Facility in Gray Summit, Mo. She and her husband, who is also a veterinarian specializing in the care of exotic mammals, own the Ferguson Animal Hospital.

Wentz said her years of experience in the St. Louis area have allowed her to develop connections with referring veterinarians in the region, which should foster the confidence needed for them to refer their clients to MACC for cancer treatment services and diagnostic CT scans.

Wentz and her husband have four daughters, as well as five cats, four bearded dragons and fish. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and preserving memories through scrapbooking.

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