Australian Companion Animal Registry of Cancers

The Australian Companion Animal Registry of Cancers (ACARCinom) is Australia’s first national registry of cat and dog cancers, backed by real-time data.

ACARCinom aims to make a positive impact on cancer research for our pets. Having reliable data is crucial for understanding the patterns of cancer and for evaluating treatments in both animals and humans.

Cancer is a major cause of death in animals and humans. Cancer data is needed to:

  • provide clinical and epidemiological evidence
  • guide best practices in animal cancer care
  • evaluate the treatment programs
  • help drive research and reduce cancer burdens.

With the ACARCinom Dashboard, researchers can:

  • uncover valuable insights about cancer risks and trends
  • identify factors that predispose animals to cancer
  • develop better practices for animal cancer care.

The project also seeks to connect with existing human cancer registries, allowing for comparative studies that benefit both fields.

ACARCinom has the potential to reveal connections between certain cancers in animals and environmental factors that may also impact humans.

By analysing the ACARCinom data asset, we can:

  • pinpoint shared cancer hotspots
  • uncover crucial information that guides preventive measures
  • facilitate population-level screening and onco-epidemiological analysis.

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With support from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) through the Australian Data Partnership program, ACARCinom is the first Australia-wide registry of animal cancer occurrences that addresses the gaps in veterinary cancer data registries.

Five university veterinary schools and Australia’s 2 leading veterinary pathology providers are partnering in the ACARCinom project.

By uniting the expertise and resources of these institutions, ACARCinom is poised to make significant advancements in understanding and combating cancer in dogs and cats. This project represents a remarkable collaboration that harnesses the power of data to unlock new insights and drive progress in the field of veterinary oncology.

The ACARCinom project received investment ( from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

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Principal investigators

Key research partners

  • Associate Professor Peter Bennett, University of Sydney
  • Dr Mieghan Bruce, Murdoch University
  • Professor Mark Krockenberger, University of Sydney
  • Dr Philippa McLaren, IDEXX
  • Dr Thelma Meiring, IDEXX
  • Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Queensland University of Technology
  • Professor Anne Peaston, University of Adelaide
  • Dr Attracta Roach, Gribbles Veterinary Pathology
  • Associate Professor Gabriele Rossi, Murdoch University
  • Dr Andrew Stent, Gribbles Veterinary Pathology

ACARCinom Launch Event (in person and virtual)

Hear more about the first Australia-wide database of canine and feline cancers. This event will provide you with the first-hand insight into ACARCinom, built upon a multi-institutional partnership.

Date: Thursday 23 November 2023, 9am – 11am
Location: Sir Llew Edwards Building, Rm 14-132, UQ St Lucia campus (and Zoom)

View the highlight video from the launch event (YouTube, 02m:01s):


Watch the full launch event video (YouTube, 01h:40m:58s)

Foundations of the Australia Companion Animal Registry of Cancers (ACARCinom)

In this video, Professor Chiara Palmieri spoke to the Australian and New Zealand Data Quality Interest Group on the work done to build ACARCinom, with a particular focus on data standardisation workflows and data vocabulary, and some tips on how to set up a cancer registration system for companion animals:


The importance of ACARCinom

This video explains the importance of the national registry of pet cancers:


Download the ACARCinom brochure to find out more (PDF, 1.2 MB)


The ACARCinom Pet Cancer Registry explained

This video explains how the ACARCinom Dashboard works:


ACARCinom Dashboard

Cancer researchers, government policymakers and the veterinary industry can access de-identified, transformed veterinary cancer data.

Access ACARCinom Dashboard

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Contact us

Get in touch to learn more.

Professor Chiara Palmieri

School of Veterinary Science
Veterinary Science Building (8114)
The University of Queensland
Gatton 4343, Queensland, Australia

(07) 5460 1828 ACARCinom Dashboard

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