Dr. Richard Sheng has always had a devotion to helping others. He feels fortunate to be in the field of veterinary medicine so he can aid those that do not have the ability to help themselves. He enjoys learning about the science of medicine and how we can implement our knowledge to help animals.
What sparked your passion to focus on oncology?
In oncology, we are able to form meaningful relationships with our clients and patients. I want to be able to bring hope to families who are dealing with one of the most difficult diagnoses possible. It is very rewarding to be able to work with dedicated clients who love their pets so much.
What are some of the biggest challenges in your area of expertise?
Our knowledge of cancer is always changing. Therefore, our diagnostics and treatments need to be able to adapt accordingly. I enjoy that the field of Oncology is always pushing the envelope further to be able to identify new therapeutics to ensure that our patients have the best outcome possible.
Is there a particular case that has inspired you?
Devon is a Manchester terrier who originally presented to the Neurology Service for being unable to walk. The Neurology Team was unable to identify any other neurologic abnormalities, but she was incidentally diagnosed with lymphoma within her liver. We started treatment for her lymphoma, and she gradually regained her strength each week. After she finished her chemotherapy, her owners told me she was back to terrorizing the squirrels in their backyard. She’s been off chemotherapy for several months and continues to do great! Seeing how happy Devon and her parents are every time she RUNS into the hospital reaffirms why I love my job.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to stay active at my CrossFit gym. I am always up for exploring new restaurants, so it will be exciting to try out everything that Chicago has to offer! If I’m feeling adventurous, you may find me at karaoke singing (albeit terribly) the night away.