Animal Specialty Center

Radiation Oncology

At Animal Specialty Center we understand how very stressful it is when your pet has been diagnosed with cancer, and you are suddenly confronted with decisions you will need to make with respect to your pet's health care. When considering all of the courses of action you can take for your pet, one important option is radiation therapy, depending upon the type of cancer. As in treatment for human cancers, radiation therapy has been found to be one of the most effective tools used to combat the disease. At Animal Specialty Center, we utilize the CyberKnife Radiosurgery System, the first and longest-operating CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System in a veterinary specialty facility in the world.

What is CyberKnife Radiosurgery?

Used in human health care for treatment of cancer, the CyberKnife Radiosurgery System uses a high-tech, image-guided and computerized robotic control system to deliver radiation with unprecedented sub-millimeter accuracy. The CyberKnife radiation beams are sculpted to conform tightly to complex masses, delivering multiple radiation beams from many points outside the body to the targeted tumor. On its own, each beam is relatively weak, but when they converge on the identified mass, they deliver high-energy, pinpointed radiation with astounding power.

Why is CyberKnife Radiosurgery better than conventional radiation?

When compared to other types of radiation therapy, the precision of the CyberKnife allows higher dose to the tumor while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. In many cases, CyberKnife Radiosurgery improves outcome with almost none of the typical radiation side effects. CyberKnife Radiosurgery allows Animal Specialty Center to use fewer total treatments on our patients -- 1 to 3 fractions compared to facilities with conventional radiation that use 15 to 20 fractions. This means fewer hospital visits, fewer anesthetic episodes, less stress for our animal patients and less worry for their owners. It also means that your pet can get back to enjoying his or her favorite activities almost immediately.

What are the advantages of CyberKnife® radiosurgery?

The CyberKnife Radiosurgery System improves quality of life for pets ad their owners. The CyberKnife Radiosurgery System uses a high-tech, image-guided and computerized robotic control system to deliver radiation with unprecedented sub-millimeter accuracy with few treatments and side effects for your pet. 

  • The only system with on-board, real-time imaging
  • Intelligent robotics: the only system with robotic arm to treat from any angle
  • Unprecedented accuracy
  • Improved dose to the tumor
  • Fewer side effects
  • Total treatment in one to three sessions

The CyberKnife is the treatment of choice for:

  • Brain tumors
  • Nasal tumors
  • Spinal tumors
  • Prostate tumors
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Axial osteosarcoma
  • Re-treatment after conventional radiation

The CyberKnife is considered an option for:

  • Appendicular osteosarcoma
  • Lung tumors
  • Oral tumors
  • Anterior mediastinal masses
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • Intra-abdominal tumors

Working as a team:

Animal Specialty Center's mission is to keep people and their pets together longer so they may share healthier, happier lives. Working in tandem with primary care veterinarians and other specialists here at Animal Specialty Center, the radiation oncology team ensures the best care possible for your pet. Our radiation oncology service is excited about being part of the extended Animal Specialty Center family that includes clients, patients, referring veterinarians, and all those who care about animals as much as we do. For further information, please telephone us at 914-457-4000.

Services Offered in Radiation Oncology

Veterinarians in Radiation Oncology


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care


TEL: 914-457-4000

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Animal Specialty Center is a fully-equipped 24/7/365 emergency hospital serving communities in and surrounding lower Westchester. If you suspect your pet may be having a medical crisis, we have a staff of top veterinarians, technicians and client care specialists prepared to handle all pet medical emergencies.

Our Emergency and Critical Care units can assist in all of the following situations requiring immediate medical attention: Auto accidents, traumatic injuries (fractures, bites, burns, lacerations, wounds), respiratory emergencies (choking, difficulty breathing), vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty urinating/defecating, shock, loss of consciousness, dizziness, staggering, tremors, seizures, paralysis, toxic reactions, poison ingestion, labor and delivery problems, blood in urine or feces, swollen, hard, painful abdomen, heatstroke.