Brain tumour & neuro-oncology centre for companion animals

Brain tumours affect from 2.8 to 4.5% of dogs and around 2.2% of cats. Additionally, dogs and cats can suffer from spinal or nerve tumours. Although frequently associated with a poor prognosis, current advances in veterinary therapeutics allow for considerable improvements in the quality of life of many companion animals with cancer affecting their nervous system.

Our Neurology and Oncology teams here at the Small Animal Hospital of the University of Glasgow hold vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of tumours involving the nervous system of dogs and cats and have access to state-of-the-art facilities to provide the best standards of care for affected patients. Thus, we are establishing the first neuro-oncology clinic for dogs and cats in Europe, the Brain Tumour & Neuro-Oncology Centre for Companion Animals (Brain tumour & neuro-oncology centre brochure).

Aims:

  • to provide dogs and cats with primary and metastatic spine, nerve and brain cancer with the best standards of care including the most advanced treatment options
  • to educate and support pet-owners and referring veterinarians
  • to further progress our understanding of cancer affecting the nervous system of companion animals

Features of the Brain Tumour & Neuro-Oncology Centre for Companion Animals:

  • one of the largest Neurology/Neurosurgery teams in Europe
  • on-site imaging facilities including MRI & CT for diagnosis and therapy planning
  • state-of-the-art facilities for brain and spinal surgery including CUSA Excel+ Ultrasonic Aspirator to optimize tumour removal
  • on-site radiotherapy and an experienced, compassionate Oncology team
  • large team of anaesthetists with broad experience on managing patients with nervous system tumours
  • a 24/7 intensive care unit
  • on-site pathology service to provide prompt specific diagnosis for sampled tumours allowing most appropriate treatments to be implemented timely

Diagnostic techniques & therapeutic modalities available at the SAH: