Cancer care and research at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

The Animal Cancer Care and Research Center is housed in the 139,000-gross-square-foot Virginia Tech Carilion Biomedical Research Addition in Roanoke, Virginia.

A state-of-the-art clinical and research facility anticipated to open in summer 2020, the veterinary college's Animal Cancer Care and Research Center (ACCRC) represents hope for a brighter future in cancer care.

Illustrative of the college's commitment to working across disciplines to achieve optimal health for people, animals, and the environment, the ACCRC will be a vital part of the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Health Sciences Campus, adjacent to the VTC School of Medicine, in Roanoke, Virginia.

The new center — which will accommodate the relocation and expansion of the oncology service from the college's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg — will capitalize on a strikingly rare opportunity to integrate researchers investigating human and veterinary biomedical interests that seek to advance cancer treatment in pets and people alike.

Animal Cancer Care and Research Center

To discuss how your gift can make an impact on the future of cancer care and research, contact Sandy Torget at storget@vt.edu or 540-231-4716.

Key benefits of the Animal Cancer Care and Research Center

  • The ACCRC will serve as a center of excellence for comprehensive animal cancer care, research, and learning.
  • Patients will be able to visit one location for a range of services, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and advanced diagnostic imaging.
  • The center will treat all types of veterinary cancer; in addition, opportunities for dogs and cats to be enrolled in clinical research trials will be offered to pet owners.
  • A $3.28 million linear accelerator positions the clinic as the region’s only radiation oncology service for pets.
  • The center’s imaging capabilities will provide valuable insights to a team of veterinarians, biomedical engineers, and human medical researchers in the fight against cancerous tumors that are common to both dogs and people.
  • Clinical services will be integrated with translational research and health sciences degree programs involving the college and the VTC School of Medicine and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute, immersing students in a best-in-class, multidisciplinary learning environment.
The future of cancer care and research at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

The future of cancer care and research at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

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The center’s unique co-location alongside human clinicians and researchers embraces a true One Health concept that recognizes the linkages between human, animal, and environmental health.

Joanne Tuohy
Surgical Oncology

Joanne Tuohy

Interim Director
Assistant Professor
DVM, PhD, DACVS–Small Animal

Nick Dervisis
Medical Oncology

Nick Dervisis

Associate Professor
DVM, PhD, DACVIM–Oncology

Shawna Klahn
Medical Oncology

Shawna Klahn

Associate Professor
DVM, DACVIM–Oncology

Ilektra Athanasiadi
Radiation Oncology

Ilektra Athanasiadi

Assistant Professor
DVM, Dr. Med. Vet., MS, DACVR–Radiation Oncology

Faculty clinicians joining the oncology team


  • Nicholas Rancilio

    Radiation Oncology
    Assistant Professor
    DVM, MS, DACVR-RO
    Start Date: July 27, 2020

  • Brittany Ciepluch

    Surgical Oncology
    Assistant Professor
    DVM, PhD, DACVS-SA
    Start Date: Aug. 10, 2020

  • Keiko Murakami

    Radiation Oncology
    Assistant Professor
    DVM, MS, DACVR-RO
    Start Date: Sept. 7, 2020

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