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Canine Renal Transplants

Fewer locations perform canine transplants because they are inherently more complicated. Although the surgery itself is essentially the same, donor matching and rejection prevention are more challenging for dogs than for cats. In addition, antirejection drugs are much more expensive for dogs because they are larger animals. Auburn University has recently developed a new protocol in which both a kidney transplant and bone marrow transplant are performed at the same time. Performing these procedures simultaneously seems to reduce instances of rejection in the recipients.

Here are some facilities that are performing canine kidney transplants:

Click here for additional links on Canine CRF.

United States

Western United States

University of California-Davis
School of Veterinary Medicine
Davis, California 95616
(530) 752-1393
January 30, 2008 update - The renal transplant program at UCD is currently on hold. The first feline kidney transplants were performed at UCD in the mid-1980s and continued until 2007. UCD hopes to resume transplant surgery in the future.

PetCare Veterinary Hospital
1370 Fulton Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 579-5900
Clare Gregory, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Dr. Gregory, who is now at PetCare, pioneered feline renal transplants at the University of California-Davis (UCD) and is an experienced transplant surgeon.

WestVet
5019 N. Sawyer Av
Garden City, ID 83714
(208) 375-1600
e-mail info@westvet.net
Dr Jeff D. Brourman
has done transplants at other locations in the past.


Midwestern United States

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin
2015 Linden Dr. W.
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
(608) 262-6512

Gerianne Holzman, CVT
, Transplant Coordinator
e-mail:holzmang@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu
Dr. Jonathan McAnulty, DVM, MS, PhD
e-mail:mcanultj@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu
Feline Kidney Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin - General Information and Specifics about Feline Renal Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin


Northeastern United States

University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
3900 Delancey St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
(215) 898-4680
Lynn Beale, Transplant Coordinator
e-mail: lbeale@vet.upenn.edu
(215) 573-0206

Dr. Lillian Aronson, DVM
e-mail: laronson@vet.upenn.edu
Dr. Aronson is an experienced transplant surgeon from UC Davis who has now set up a transplant program in 1998 at UPenn.
Feline Renal Transplant Program

Make That Ten Lives, The Story of Leo and Tiger

Transplants now treat feline kidney disease - Post-Gazette.com, Pittsburgh, PA

Extending the Lives of Cats through Kidney Transplant -

Companion Animal Hospital
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 253-3060
fax: (607) 253-3271
James A. Flanders, DVM
e-mail: jaf7@cornell.edu
February 9, 2005 update - Dr. Flanders advised us that the feline kidney transplant program at Cornell University is currently on hold due to a temporary staff shortage.

Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center
3507 Orchard Park Rd.
Orchard Park, New York
(716) 662-6660
Our most recent information is that transplants are no longer being done at Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center, though they have been performed there in the past.

The Animal Medical Center
510 East 62nd St.
New York, New York 10021
(212) 838-8100

AMC has performed transplants in the past but no longer lists this as a surgical offering at their web site.


Southeastern United States

North Carolina State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
4700 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
(919) 513-6500
Dr. Kyle Mathews, DVM, MS, DACVS
e-mail: Kyle_Mathews@ncsu.edu
Dr. Mathews is an experienced transplant surgeon from UC Davis who set up a transplant program at NC State. The telephone number for owners or veterinarians interested in feline renal transplants at NC State is (919) 513-6588. For online information, visit The North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine's
Feline Renal Transplantation Unit


University of Georgia
College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
501 DW Brooks Dr.
Athens, GA, 30602
Phone: (706) 542-3221
Fax: (706) 542-6460
Chad Schmiedt DVM, DACVS
e-mail: cws@uga.edu
Transplant Program

Small Animal Hospital
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
University of Florida
2015 SW 16th Avenue
Gainesville, Florida
(352) 392-4700 ext. 4700
Dr. Gary Ellison DVM, MS, Diplomate
ACVS Professor, Service Chief of Small Animal Surgery

Dr. Christopher A. Adin, DVM Diplomate
ACVS Assistant Professor

December, 2006 update - University of Florida Small Animal Hospital is currently not accepting new patients to the renal transplantation program.


Australia

The Cat Clinic
189 Creek Rd
Mt Gravatt East QLD 4122
Australia
61 07 3349 0811

Dr. Victor Menrath

Dr Menrath has pioneered the transplant procedure in Australia and The Cat Clinic has the only kidney transplant program outside the United States. For information on transplantation please call The Cat Clinic.