Media Advisory - Canada's most advanced multidisciplinary Veterinary Cancer Centre to open in Calgary

    CALGARY, April 2 /CNW/ - Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency
Centre (WVSEC) will soon be home to Canada's most advanced multidisciplinary
cancer unit for veterinary patients, with the addition of a new form of
radiation therapy. The official opening of the Cancer Centre will take place
on Tuesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at the Western Veterinary Specialist and
Emergency Centre.
    The Western Veterinary Cancer Centre has been in development since 2006.
Through the use of a state-of-the-art linear accelerator with Intensity
Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) capabilities, dogs and cats will have
access to technologically advanced treatment, previously not available in
Canada. This unique technology allows for radiation to be targeted at tumour
cells while sparing normal tissue within the treatment field.
    Following the official opening of the Cancer Centre, a tour of the
facility will be held. Dr. Dave Szentimrey, veterinary surgeon, and Dr. Neal
Mauldin, radiation oncologist, will be available for interviews.

    WHAT:    Western Veterinary Cancer Centre - Official Opening

    WHEN:    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 10 a.m.

    WHERE:   Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre
             1802 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alta.

    Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre (WVSEC), a member of
the BrightHeart Network, treats over 8,000 companion animal patients annually
at its modern, 30,000 square foot facility located in downtown Calgary.
WVSEC's staff includes ten board-certified specialists and offers extensive
diagnostic and treatment options including surgery, oncology, ophthalmology,
internal medicine, canine rehabilitation and emergency services. WVSEC is a
member of the BrightHeart Veterinary network of specialty and emergency
veterinary hospitals.
    BrightHeart's network of advanced-care veterinary facilities works
closely with referring veterinarians and pet owners to provide the highest
standards and greatest range of options in pet care, giving pets the best
chance to lead longer, healthier lives. BrightHeart provides its doctors and
staff with outstanding career advancement opportunities, promotes greater
communication with referring veterinarians, and seeks to increase public
awareness of advancements available to pet owners for the medical diagnosis
and treatment of pets.

For further information:

For further information: Bryan Mills Iradesso, Carla Cichos,
Communications Strategist, Bryan Mills Iradesso, T (403) 503-0144 ext 213, E

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