The Riddell-Swan Veterinary Cancer Centre

About Us

Welcome to the Riddell-Swan Veterinary Cancer Centre, part of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Oncology staff

Our mission is to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer affecting companion animals, as well as to help translate research and knowledge to improve cancer care in people. We are a fully comprehensive cancer centre and offer advanced therapy including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and palliative care.

The £3 million Riddell-Swan Veterinary Cancer Centre was completed in 2009 and is one of Europe’s leading Veterinary Cancer research and treatment facilities. The centre is serviced by internationally respected Oncologists including European and American boarded specialists in Medical and Radiation Oncology and Internationally boarded specialists in Surgery, expertly supported by a team of residents, interns and nurses.

Our combined aim is simply to provide outstanding service and care to our patients, clients and referring veterinarians. Our expert clinicians offer Europe’s most comprehensive range of cancer therapies, with nurse clinics to support pet owners.

Crucially, the Oncology team has on-site support from specialists in soft-tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology, cardiology, internal medicine, dermatology, anaesthesia, orthopaedics and pathology. This support network allows us to deliver excellent care to patients that have a wide range of cancer or cancer-related conditions.

We offer a state-of-the-art clinical facility including:

- Full range of Cancer Therapy Modalities:

- Scotland’s Only Varian therapeutic linear accelerator for Radiotherapy

- Advanced Imaging (CT and MRI scanner)

- The UK’s only PET (Positron Emission Tomography) for functional imaging of cancer

We see new cases on Mondays and Tuesdays, and usually admit these patients for further investigation and staging. We may keep patients hospitalised for two to three days for initial diagnostics and to create a treatment plan. Chemotherapy treatments and routine re-visits are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. First consultations normally take an hour, and revisits thirty minutes. Our busy radiotherapy service operates daily. Emergency appointments are available on request.

We are always happy to offer advice to referring veterinarians and work to co-manage cases that are referred. We look forward to meeting referring veterinarians regularly at CPD events.

The Oncology service also provides teaching and training opportunities for veterinary students, which ensures that the next generation of veterinarians share our passion for Oncology.

The Oncology team is committed to advancing the practice of Oncology and are actively involved in research which aims to provide a better understanding of disorders which commonly affect cats and dogs.

Advancing Veterinary Care Through Science and Compassion