A study was undertaken to explore the use of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for total body irradiation (TBI). Five patient plans were created in Pinnacle3 using nine 6 MV photon dynamic arcs. A dose of 12 Gy in six fractions was prescribed. The planning target volume (PTV) was split into four subsections for the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. The head and chest beams were optimized together, followed by the abdomen and pelvis beams. The last stage of the planning process involved turning all beams on and performing a final optimization to achieve a clinically acceptable plan. Beam isocenters were shifted by 3 or 5 mm in the left-right, anterior-posterior, and superior-inferior directions to simulate the effect of setup errors on the dose distribution. Treatment plan verification consisted of ArcCheck measurements compared to calculated doses using a global 3%/3 mm gamma analysis. All five patient plans achieved the planning aim of delivering 12 Gy to at least 90% of the target. The mean dose in the PTV was 12.7 Gy. Mean lung dose was restricted to 8 Gy, and a dose reduction of up to 40% for organs such as the liver and kidneys proved feasible. The VMAT technique was found to be sensitive to patient setup errors particularly in the superior-inferior direction. The dose predicted by the planning system agreed with measured doses and had an average pass rate of 99.2% for all arcs. VMAT was found to be a viable treatment technique for total body irradiation.