VRCC’s Expert Oncology Team Is Here To Help!

Robyn Elmslie, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Elmslie fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian when she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Montreal, in Canada, in 1986. It was during the oncology residency at Colorado State University that she became increasingly interested in research in the field of immunology. After completing the oncology residency in 1990, she embarked on an immunology research fellowship at the National Jewish Center in Denver.

Dr. Elmslie founded the Oncology department of VRCC, in 1993 with the goal of combining her clinical oncology expertise with her immunology research background to improve quality of life of pets with cancer and to contribute to the development and evaluation of innovative cancer therapies.

Dr. Elmslie and her husband have two sons, Cooper and Sawyer, and several pets which include three dogs, Roxy, Gus and Charli, three cats, Ethel, Peeper and Ford, a small parrot named GB, Dynamite the corn snake, along with many fish. Free time is spent with family and friends enjoying the great outdoors.

Erin Arnold, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)

Dr. Arnold was recruited to join the VRCC Oncology team in June 2015 for her interest in the treatment of bladder and prostate tumors.  Dr. Arnold’s interest in  this aspect of Oncology developed during her residency at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  It was during this time when she worked with Dr. Deborah Knapp in the Comparative Oncology program, who specializes in the treatment and research for transitional cell carcinoma (TCC).

Dr. Arnold graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her oncology residency and internship in medicine and surgery at Purdue University.

Dr. Arnold first fell in love with Colorado’s mountains and outdoor beauty during the time she spent in Fort Collins, at Colorado State University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in microbiology.  She has joined our Oncology team at VRCC where she can provide patients with a multi-modal treatment plan that may include chemotherapy, molecular targeted therapies, and supportive care for cancer patients, including nutrition and treatment of cancer-related pain.

Dr. Arnold strives to provide high-quality medical care for animals while offering emotional support for families.

Katie Swift, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR (Radiation Oncology)

Dr. Swift was born and raised in a small town in Wyoming.  She is a second generation “Dr. Swift”, having followed her grandfather’s footsteps in becoming a veterinarian.  He was the first large animal veterinarian in Johnson County Wyoming, and she remembers his James Harriot type stories with fondness.

She attended the University of Wyoming for her undergraduate studies, earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.  She continued onto Colorado State University for veterinary school; it was in her junior clinical curriculum that she became interested in radiation oncology, and developed a fond relationship with her future mentor in the specialty.  After veterinary school, she was in private practice for a year, then returned to Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center to pursue an internship and residency in radiation oncology. She was trained with heavy emphasis in stereotactic radiosurgery/stereotactic body radiation therapy (SRS/SBRT); the heart of her clinical specialty and research interests. Her research focus and areas of specialty include canine trigeminal nerve sheath tumors and canine vertebral osteosarcoma.  Following her residency, she stayed at the Cancer Center for another year as a clinical instructor, and she joined the VRCC Oncology Team in October 2017.

A true native of the Rocky Mountains, Dr. Swift enjoys spending time with her husband skiing, biking, wake boarding and surfing.  She also has a deep enthusiasm for fitness and believes that physical and mental achievements are closely interrelated.

Molly Benner, DVM, Practice Limited to Oncology

Dr. Molly Benner grew up in the Washington, DC ‘burbs and could not be more excited to return to the Denver area, where she lived for several years after college. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of North Carolina, though she eventually decided on a career in veterinary medicine in order to spend as much time as possible with adorable puppies and bunnies. She obtained her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University in 2014. She then completed a rotating internship at the University of Missouri followed by a residency in medical oncology at the University of Illinois.

Her initial interest in oncology was largely academic, in particular, molecular cell signaling and the role of inflammation in cancer. She became interested in the clinical aspects of oncology during the second half of veterinary school and decided at that time to pursue a career in specialty medicine. She is interested in treatment options beyond the use of traditional chemotherapy and is excited about the future of veterinary oncology as our knowledge and treatments continually expand.

She is a sports enthusiast and in her free time enjoys hiking with her golden retriever, Frank the Tank, mystery novels and summer patios with live music.