Oncology 1: Tumour Biology, Diagnostic and Treatment Options & Skin Tumours

15-19 May 2023 | TBA, China

Principal Course Master:

Course Master:

Dr. Jonathan Bray, DECVS (UK)


Cancer is a common disease in pets and one of the main causes of death. Over the past decade, our knowledge of cancer in animals has increased rapidly, and today several treatment options exist to treat canine and feline cancer patients.
“Oncology I” will start with the diagnostic approach to the cancer patient, including cytology, biopsy taking, staging procedures and diagnostic imaging options (radiography, ultrasound, computed tomography…). Further, there will be a detailed discussion of common (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) treatment options. Management of side effects and safe handling of chemotherapeutic drugs will be explained. A major emphasis of the course will be on understanding how to approach a patient with cancer. There will be lots of interactive and case oriented work using a systematic approach to the cancer patient including recognizing symptoms, interpreting radiographic findings, choosing correct staging procedures and formulating a therapeutic plan.


  • Basic tumour science
  • Diagnostics & staging
  • Cytology of skin tumours
  • Treatment options
  • Skin tumours, mammary tumours, anal sac tumours, bone tumours
Preliminary Program (Click to open)
Monday, 15 May 2023
What is cancer? Cancer biology for clinicians
Basic tumour pathology
Lunch Break
Diagnostic approach to the cancer patient: Understanding tumour “staging”
Tuesday, 16 May 2023
Principles and practice of chemotherapy
Principles and practice of radiation therapy
Lunch Break
Biopsies & tumour cytology: Getting started
Wednesday, 17 May 2023
Principles of surgical oncology & reconstructive surgery: Taking biopsies
Lunch Break
Groups rotating (Day 3 & 4):
- Cytology Group I
- Osteosarcoma and other bone tumours including analgesia & Tumour of the digits
Thursday, 18 May 2023
Anal Sac and perineal tumours
Canine and feline soft-tissue sarcomas
Lunch Break
Groups rotating (Day 3 & 4):
- Cytology Group II
- CASES: Osteosarcoma and other bone tumours including analgesia & Tumour of the digits
Friday, 19 May 2023
Canine mast cell tumours
Canine and feline mammary tumours
Lunch Break
CASES: Feline solar-induced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
Closing & Certificates

This course is recognized for the ESAVS Certificate of Small Animal Veterinary Practice (CSAVP) in cooperation with the University of Luxembourg with 4 ECTS Points. An additional 1 ECTS Point can be required by completing the two Distance Learning events.

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