Medical treatment options for the cancer patient – made simple!

Course Overview

Small animal oncology is a rapidly evolving field and oncology represents a key area for veterinary practitioners.

When a dog or cat is diagnosed with cancer, owners are very concerned for their animal and their expectations for effective care are high. Due to a growing interest in veterinary oncology and the owners’ wishes to treat their pets, more and more treatment options are becoming available. Choosing correctly from a variety of therapeutic options can understandably be daunting and can also significantly alter prognosis. Therefore, a good understanding on possible treatment options, their indications and adverse events is a necessity.

This course aims to provide you with a broader knowledge on available treatment options for different types of cancer in dogs and cats. It will focus on outlining chemotherapy protocols and its alternatives, such as metronomic chemotherapy, use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors or immunotherapy, as well as their limitations. It will further discuss indications for specific treatment protocols, how to use them appropriately and how to monitor the patient correctly throughout a course of therapy. You will also have the opportunity to share and discuss cases that you have managed, with your tutor and fellow participants.

We will look at:
– Classic chemotherapy protocols for a variety of common tumour types, metronomic chemotherapy, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, immunotherapy
– Indications for medical treatment options
– Monitoring for adverse events and how to deal with them

Course Syllabus

Topics covered during the course include:

“Classic” Chemotherapy
– Chemotherapy agents
– Chemotherapy side effects
– Monitoring
– Chemotherapy protocols

Target Therapy
– Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and mechanism of action
– TKI agents in veterinary medicine
– TKIs side effects and monitoring

Anti-angiogenic and metronomic chemotherapy
– Mechanism of action
– Treatment protocols and monitoring

– Immunotherapy types
– Immunotherapy used in veterinary medicine
– Mechanism of action

Course Resources

Course resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
  • Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
  • Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online

Tutor: Irina Gramer

Suitable for: Veterinary surgeons in general or referral practice, veterinary nurses with an interest in oncology medicine



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Fill out the registration form

Once payment is complete, you will receive an email asking for candidate details. Complete the form and submit. We must receive your registration in order to process your enrolment.

When do I start learning?

When you have successfully submitted your candidate registration, you will receive a confirmation message. You will be contacted prior to the course start date with information on how to join the VLE.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Utilize the appropriate treatment for a specific type of cancer

  • Adequately monitor a patient throughout the protocol

  • Discuss alternative treatment options when the first-line protocol did not work

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Irina is currently working as Oncology Specialist at Davies Veterinary Specialists

Your Tutor

Irina Gramer