What is the PCOP?
The Purdue Comparative Oncology Program (PCOP) in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine was formed in 1979 with the goal of improving the outlook for pet animals and humans with cancer. Clinician scientists identify forms of naturally-occurring cancer in pet dogs that are similar to those same forms of cancer in humans. Subsequent studies are designed to be a "win-win-win" situation in that the individual dog with cancer benefits, the outlook for other dogs with that cancer may improve, and the successful results in dogs may lead to advances in humans with cancer. The PCOP is also committed to providing compassionate care for pet animals with cancer, and for training the comparative oncology team of the future including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary oncology specialists, and other scientists.