The Australian Animal Cancer Foundation supports scientific research into cancer in companion animals such as dogs and cats. It funds equipment and expertise to treat animals with pre-existing cancer, simultaneously documenting valuable clinical information to help uncover the mysteries of cancer in both animals and humans. Importantly, The Foundation provides for clinical trials ethically evaluating new treatments for animals with cancer ultimately translating fundamental scientific research from the laboratory bench to the pet and to the bedside of human cancer patients. The Foundation also supports the education and training of research scientists, veterinarians and students.
History of the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation
The Australian Animal Cancer Foundation was established in 2004 to fund a dedicated radiation therapy facility for pets with cancer. This goal was achieved in November 2007 when a 6 MV Siemens linear accelerator was commissioned at Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre. This was the first high energy radiation therapy unit dedicated to animal use in the Southern Hemisphere.
By treating pets with cancer using external beam radiation therapy, the Foundation helps animals while simultaneously supporting exciting investigational studies to advance knowledge of cancer management in animals as well as people.
The Foundation has gone on to also fund additional cancer treating equipment and multiple research studies.
There is nothing more rewarding than being able to say to a pet owner that their much loved companion is going to be okay because we were able to successfully treat their cancer.
Unfortunately we can't always say that, but we believe one day we will be able to. That day will be made possible because of the support given to places like the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation.