Radiation treatments unavailable while new technology is installed

Washington State University’s linear accelerator – used for the past 13 years to provide radiation treatments to more than 5,000 animal patients that had been diagnosed with cancer – is being replaced with a brand-new model featuring more advanced treatment capabilities. 

While the new equipment is being installed at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, radiation treatments will be unavailable for an estimated nine weeks starting June 23. 

If pets need radiation past May 23, veterinarians should contact our Oncology service to see if patients can still be accepted and finish by the closure date. After June 23, veterinarians can still call for advice and for information on other facilities where a pet can be sent if radiation is the best option, and it is semi urgent to begin therapy. 

We hope to be up and running early September and ready to serve the pets of the Pacific Northwest.

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