Following a very successful veterinary career in Australia, Dr Straw trained at the Animal Cancer Centre at Colorado State University (CSU) from 1986 to 1988 and was on faculty there until 1995. The Centre provides a model for the radiation facility at BVSC – The Animal Hospital. He is intimately aware of the function and running of a comparative oncology unit and is experienced in grantsmanship, and implementation of research using pet animals with spontaneous cancer.
Dr Straw has been trained in surgical oncology at CSU which is the only veterinary institution with a coordinated and integrated medical, surgical and radiation oncology program. He has served on faculty at the same institution and was a key player in a very large NCI and NIH funded program of projects in comparative oncology clinical research. His training and experience is uniquely tailored to the goals of The Foundation.
In his long and distinguished career Rod has been a guest and full time university lecturer for over 30 years, conducted over 35 funded research papers, committed over 30 years to research, published more than 90 research papers, authored 25 book chapters, written over 70 abstracts, presented at over 120 conferences and seminars, and appeared in dozens of educational videos and webinars.
More importantly, his skill and dedication has treated, prolonged and saved the lives of thousands of very special patients and much loved companions.