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Veterinary Oncology

Veterinary oncology is the subspecialty of veterinary medicine dealing with cancer diagnosis and treatment in animals. Companion animals such as dogs and cats suffer from many of the same types of cancer as humans and cancer is a major cause of death in pet animals.

University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine / Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue

Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue is a large purpose-built centre being built on the Surrey Research Park (opened Sept 1st 2015). Currently the team is working out of Fitzpatrick Referrals in Godalming but will move in the summer. The vision and goal of the centre is to provide an environment of cutting-edge cancer care for animals, along with promoting and conducting education and clinical research, predominantly on oncologic projects with translational and comparative benefit.

The centre will have dedicated veterinary surgical and medical oncologists, and a vault for a linear accelerator is currently being constructed. All patients will be privately owned animals (pets) and treatments will be funded privately, or by pet insurance when appropriate, with incentives for clinical trial participation when available and relevant.

The Clinical Director of the centre will be Professor Nick Bacon, who also holds a part-time chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Surrey. Nick moved to Surrey at the end of 2014, originally from Cambridge University, then Colorado State University, and finally the University of Florida, where he has spent the last eight years, the last five of which he was Head of Oncology.

The current other team members include Dr Laurent Findji, a board-certified small animal surgeon, and Dr Kelvin Kow, currently Head of Medical Oncology at the University of Florida, who will be joining us in a few months. The managing director of the centre is Professor Stuart Carmichael, also part-time Chair at the University of Surrey.

On-going projects since year end 2014

The use of complementary and alternative therapies in dogs and cats with cancer in the UK (client-based Masters questionnaire run in parallel with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine to establish base-line data on use of alternative therapies in pet population with cancer in the UK, prevalence, sources of information, perceived or actual veterinary support, reasoning behind owner decision-making). Data collection in progress.

Projects in discussion, translational (CDA signed on behalf of Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd, 2015)
  • Tumour identification technology
  • Cancer staging device
  • Chemotherapy delivery technology