The Riddell-Swan Veterinary Cancer Centre

Information for Referring Vets

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

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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 center and offer advanced therapy including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and palliative care.

The Oncology Team

The Oncology team is comprised of veterinarians who specialise in the treatment of cancer, residents seeking advanced oncology training, a specialised oncology nurse, and a trained radiation therapist.

One primary aim of our center is to fully inform the client about the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of their pet’s particular cancer such that they are comfortable making decisions that are right for them and their pet.

During their first visit to the Riddell-Swan, an oncology clinician will consult with them to discuss their pet’s cancer and what (or if) additional testing is necessary prior to determining an optimal course of treatment.

Facilities

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

Clinic schedule

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.

We ask you to ask clients to withhold food for at least 12 hours before the appointment.

Chemotherapy treatments and routine re-visits are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. First consultations normally take an hour, and revisits thirty minutes.

Emergency appointments are available on request.

Royal Canin Cancer and Wellness Clinic

We have a specialist nurse clinic dedicated to maintaining optimal health, wellbeing and quality of life in patients with cancer.

Our nurse will support and advise clients, giving them an opportunity to ask non-veterinary questions and talk about their pet, rather than their disease.

This is in no way intended to replace routine veterinary care and will accompany regular appointments, either here or at your own practice.

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