Comparative Oncology Research Center

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

A state-of-the-art clinical and research facility anticipated to open in spring 2020, the veterinary college's Comparative Oncology Research Center (CORC) 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, CORC will be a vital part of the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Health Sciences and Technology 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—stands to capitalize on a strikingly rare opportunity to integrate researchers investigating a range of human and veterinary biomedical interests that seek to advance cancer treatment in pets and people alike.

Learn more about the future of cancer care and research.


Key benefits of CORC

  • CORC 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, and opportunities for dogs and cats to be enrolled in clinical research trials will be offered to pet owners.
  • A $3.28 million investment in a linear accelerator will enable the clinic to house 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.

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