Project Description


Rod Straw is a registered surgical oncology specialist with the Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board. He has been working in the area of veterinary oncology since 1986. He trained in the United States becoming the world’s first veterinary Fellow in Surgical Oncology. He was Associate Professor of Oncology at Colorado State University before returning to Australia where he has been treating referred small animal cancer patients since 1995. He has worked in the areas of surgical, medical and radiation oncology for many years.

In 1997, he started Animal Cancer Care and moved into Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre in 2004. He later founded the Australian Animal Cancer Foundation which is a not for profit research charity. The support from referring veterinarians and pet owners has been fantastic. By timely and well-prepared referrals, veterinarians in Australia have provided the BVSC team the opportunity to produce some wonderful outcomes for people and their pets. We see the best pet owners in the world and we know how important pets are to people.

“I say thank you for the trust and support. The facility at BVSC and the professional support from all at the Animal Hospital has allowed me to ensure animals get the very best care and maximize quality of life and survival possibilities.

The Animal Hospital’s superb facilities, the radiation therapy unit, the nurses, the specialists, residents, interns and critical care veterinarians, the receptionists, the hospital manager and administrative staff make Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre – the Animal Hospital the only place to refer cancer patients. We are the veterinary facility with the first high energy Linear Accelerator in the southern hemisphere dedicated to treating animals with cancer. Call us – we would love to help you. Cancer treatment is what we do.”