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. The Foundation also collaborates with government and private institutions and seeks funding from competitive grants for clinical trials, equipment and personnel. The Foundation supports the Australian Comparative Oncology Consortium, a group of Australasian veterinary oncology specialists who collaborate to perform national clinical trials using the spontaneous animal tumour model.
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 – The Animal Hospital.
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.