We welcome pet owners from all over the world and work hard to make your time with us meaningful and efficient. Before your pet’s visit to the Flint Animal Cancer Center, we contact your regular veterinarian(s) to obtain recent records, test results, imaging studies, and other medical history so our team is ready to focus on your pet’s cancer care. We might ask you to bring some of these items with you; if that is necessary, our team will contact you.
Here’s what to know ahead of your appointment:
Please NO FOOD after 10 p.m. the night before your pet’s appointment. If your pet is currently on medications, please give as previously directed. Small treats are fine if needed to give medications. Water is allowed. *Diabetic patients should not be fasted.*
The cost of the initial oncology consult fee is $270.00. This fee includes the physical exam, review of recent medical information from primary or other specialty veterinarians, discussion of our recommended treatment options, and detailed cost estimates for diagnostics and treatment. Please allow a half to a full day for your pet’s first oncology appointment. Please note, procedures requiring anesthesia (CT or MRI scans) will not occur at your pet’s initial visit.
The Flint Animal Cancer Center is located in Fort Collins, Colorado at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the south campus of Colorado State University. Our address is 300 W Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
When you arrive, enter through the Main Entrance and check in at Stations 1 or 2 in the main lobby. If you are unsure where to check in, visit the info desk just inside the front doors of the hospital.
Communication with Your Current Veterinarians
We will call referring veterinary clinics for records in advance of your visit and will send records of your visit following care. It is important we have the information for your primary veterinarian and any other clinics that have seen your pet for the presenting issue.
- Please allow a half to a full day for your pet’s first oncology appointment. Your first appointment establishes your initial oncology care team. Flint Animal Cancer Center staff will review your pet’s case and complete an examination. Following, team members will speak with you about your pet’s diagnosis and potential treatment options.
- Depending on the care option you select, your pet may have diagnostic tests scheduled over the next several business days. Your pet’s team will advise you on the timing of the testing.
- It is helpful to prepare a list of questions in advance to ask our team. They are happy to answer your questions or concerns.
- If you are traveling a distance for your pet’s appointment, we’ve created a listing of pet-friendly hotels in Fort Collins. Be sure to mention you will be a client of the Flint Animal Cancer Center to receive potential discounts.
- You are invited to have your pet participate in our biorepository program. Enrollment is on a voluntary basis. Here is a mobile-friendly link to our info sheet and consent form. For more information, please click here.
- At the Flint Animal Cancer Center, we work hard to make your pet’s frequent veterinary visits as stress-free as possible. We understand that coming to see us is a much different experience than a trip to your local veterinary clinic. We hope to help you understand the variety of experiences your pet may have during their oncology visits and how we work to provide a positive experience. We also offer you some ideas that will help make your pet’s visit as pleasant as possible. Read more about our commitment to low-stress veterinary visits here.
- Being part of a teaching hospital, we provide comprehensive veterinary care to our patients while educating our veterinary students, interns, residents, and fellows. You will meet a number of our oncology team members during your visit with the Flint Animal Cancer Center and if you need clarity about any individual’s role in your pet’s care, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our students will play an integral role in the care of your pet, but a veterinarian will always be the one to treat your animal or perform surgery.
Grief Counseling and Support
As you process your pet’s cancer diagnosis, please note that we have a partnership with the Argus Institute at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This group provides free grief counseling and support to hospital clients to help you make hard decisions and prepare to say goodbye if necessary. At any point during this process, please ask our team for a referral or contact Argus if you would like to utilize their services.