Dr. Orna Kristal
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Orna Kristal is a board certified veterinary oncologist with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) since 2002.
Dr. Orna Kristal is a board certified veterinary oncologist with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) since 2002. She graduated from the Hebrew University Veterinary School in Israel with a DVM degree and was accepted to a one-year internship in Emergency and Critical Care at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. During her internship, she was first exposed to clinical oncology cases and became very interested and passionate about this field. Following her internship, she was hired as a research assistant in the oncology department at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and managed two funded clinical trials that explored new treatments for three canine cancers. Dr. Kristal then went on to complete a 2-year oncology residency at Tufts University and passed her board examinations successfully.
After her residency, Dr. Kristal worked for three years as an oncologist in a private specialty veterinary hospital in Seattle, Washington. In 2005 she returned to Israel to join a specialty hospital as one of only two veterinary oncologists in the country. During her years of practice in Israel, Dr. Kristal took great pleasure in contributing to the knowledge of both the referring veterinary community and pet owners about cancer in pets and the treatment options available.
Dr. Kristal enjoys giving continuing education lectures to veterinarians and is available for phone or e-mail consults to referring veterinarians. She is very excited to be the first oncology specialist in Hong Kong and hopes to contribute from her experience to advancing this field here in much the same way she has done in Israel. Treatment modalities she offers are mainly chemotherapy and symptomatic care and she hopes with time new drugs or modalities will be introduced as well.
Education and Training:
- Bachelor of Science in Biology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1988-1991
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1991-1995
- Emergency and Critical Care Internship, Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine 1996-1997
- Residency in Oncology, Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine 1999-2001