Flint Animal Cancer Center

Veterinary Residency & Training Programs

Education is one of our key missions at the Colorado State University (CSU) Flint Animal Cancer Center, along with clinical service, outreach, and research.  We have several educational opportunities available to graduate students and veterinarians who wish to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in pet animals.  Our programs include:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at CSU is the 3rd highest ranked veterinary school in the country according to US News and World Report (2015). This four-year lecture and clinical training program graduates approximately 138 new veterinarians annually. During the first two years, students learn through didactic laboratory and lecture sessions. In the third and fourth years, students rotate through the clinical services in the hospital, including the Oncology Service.

Please visit the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program page for more information.

Medical Oncology Residency Program

The Medical Oncology Residency Program at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides specialty training in medical oncology for veterinarians. This highly competitive, ACVIM accredited three-year program is designed to provide advanced training in clinical oncology and cancer biology, and is combined with a Master’s degree in Clinical Sciences. Residents receive training under the direction of the medical, surgical and radiation oncology specialists at the Flint Animal Cancer Center. Additional training in basic scientific methods is also provided to better prepare those interested in pursuing a career as a clinician-scientist.

For more information, please contact Dr. Barb Biller or Dr. Susan Lana.

Surgical Oncology Fellowship

The Surgical Oncology Fellowship at CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center is a one year clinical training appointment designed for veterinarians who have completed a three year American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) approved residency in small animal surgery and possess a strong interest in surgical oncology and research. This highly competitive fellowship provides training in the area of surgical oncology and aims to solidify the trainee’s knowledge of the application of surgery to comprehensive cancer treatment.

Compared to a general surgeon, a surgical oncologist has specialized training and current knowledge of tumor biology and, importantly, the role of surgery in the multimodality treatment of cancer, particularly radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and clinical trials. Surgical oncologists treat a large volume of cancer patients and have experience in the management of both rare and common tumors.

Surgical oncology research at the FACC includes: limb sparing, cortical allografts, bone morphogenesis, osteogenesis, infection, tumor markers, drug delivery systems, isolated limb perfusion, preclinical drug testing, pharmacology, gene therapy, oncogenesis, radiation therapy, pathology and clinical oncology research. Clinical research projects are encouraged and supported as part of this program.

A position announcement is posted in the ACVIM and ACVS Journals during the months of November, December, and January. Applications are due by February 1st of each calendar year.

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Ph.D. in Cancer Biology

The Cancer Biology Graduate Program was created at CSU as a specialization within the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. This highly competitive program bridges several departments and colleges across the university and is the first of its kind at a veterinary institution. Applicants for a Masters or Ph.D. degree must apply through the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program for training positions in Cancer Biology. The basic science and translational research activities of the program are closely linked with the clinical research and clinical trials programs of the Flint Animal Cancer Center. The program also enjoys strong links to the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center in Denver.

For more information, contact Dr. Doug Thamm.

Radiation Oncology Residency Program

The radiation oncology residency at CSU is a two or three year program designed to provide advanced training in radiation oncology and is combined with a Master’s degree in Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.  Applicants for the three year position must have completed an internship or have comparable clinical experience.  Applicants for the two year position are limited to those who have successfully completed a residency in a related discipline (medical oncology, diagnostic radiology, surgery, internal medicine, neurology or other).

Residents are required to enroll in the graduate school and take appropriate course work leading to a Master’s degree in Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.  Course work includes radiation biology, radiation physics, medical physics, cancer biology and other related topics.

The Radiation Oncology service is part of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, which includes senior faculty, residents, post-doctorate fellows, and nurses/technicians. Two radiation oncologists and a full- time dedicated medical physicist support the program.  The training program focuses on a comprehensive approach for the treatment of cancer in domestic animals. The Flint Animal Cancer Center is unique in that medicine, surgery and radiation therapy are available and are taught simultaneously.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan LaRue.