VIN ONCO115-0820: Multimodal Approach to Mast Cell and Soft Tissue Neoplasia

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Enrollment is closed.
Presenters: Bernard Séguin, DVM, MS, dip ACVS, ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology
Craig A Clifford DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Philip J. Bergman DVM, PhD, DACVIM-Oncology

Course Open: August 26-September 11, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesday September 2, 2020; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists actively interested in mast cell tumors.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-42352)

Course Information:
This course will review the biologic behaviors of mast cell tumors (MCT) and soft tissue sarcomas (STS) in dogs. We will approach the course by discussing the diagnostic process, the staging options for the patient and then delve into surgical recommendations for these tumors. We will then take various post-operative histopathologic variables into account for possible additional radiation and/or medical oncology treatment recommendations.

Week 1 (Real Time Session September 2, 2020): Mast Cell and Soft Tissue Neoplasia
Presenters: Dr. Bernard Séguin, Dr. Craig A Clifford, Philip J. Bergman
Format: Audio
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
  • Understand the best mechanisms for obtaining a diagnosis of an MCT or STS
  • Understand the staging options for dogs with MCT or STS
  • Understand and apply the current standard of care surgical options for dogs with MCT or STS
  • Evaluate a histopathologic report from a dog with MCT or STS to then make the best additional treatment recommendations (e.g. radiation, chemotherapy, Palladia, etc.) vs no additional treatment

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenters:
Bernard Seguin obtained his DVM from the University of Montreal. He performed a small animal internship at the University of Illinois and completed a Masters of Science and Small Animal Surgery Residency at Washington State University. He then went on to fulfill his Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Colorado State University. He was on Faculty at the University of California, Davis, and Oregon State University and is currently a Professor of Surgical Oncology at the Flint Animal Cancer Center, Colorado State University. Dr Seguin is an ACVS Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Seguin has lectured regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He is the co-editor of the textbook Veterinary Surgical Oncology.

Phil Bergman is the Director of Clinical Studies for VCA. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the principal veterinary investigator for the canine melanoma vaccine (Oncept®), which was fully licensed in 2009. Prior to Dr. Bergman joining VCA, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for BrightHeart Veterinary Centers from 2007 to 2011; from 1999 – 2007 he was the head of the Donaldson-Atwood Cancer Center at AMC. After finishing veterinary school from Colorado State in 1990, he was an intern at Kansas State (‘90-‘91) and returned to CSU for his medical oncology residency (‘91-‘94) and then completed a PhD Fellowship in human cancer biology from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (‘94-‘99). He was previously Chair of the ACVIM Board of Regents and President of the Veterinary Cancer Society.

Craig Clifford is a medical oncologist and the Director of Clinical Studies for Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern PA. Dr. Clifford is a well renowned oncologist who has authored/co-authored over 60 papers and book chapters. He is a frequent lecturer at major veterinary meetings in the USA and internationally. Dr. Clifford has served on multiple committees within VCS, ACVIM, VSSO the Oncology Pathology Working Group. He is an advisory board member to both industry and foundation partners.

Total CE Credit: 2

Tuition: Member $46 ($41 early bird special if enrolled by August 12, 2020)
Non-Member $110 ($99 early bird special if enrolled by August 12, 2020)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*Enroll in 2 or more Surgical Oncology courses on the same day and receive a 15% discount.
  • ONCO112-0720: Intro to Surgical Oncology and Histopathology
  • ONCO113-0720: Multimodal Approach to Intra-Abdominal Neoplasia
  • ONCO114-0820: Multimodal Approach to Intra-Thoracic Neoplasia
  • ONCO115-0820: Multimodal Approach to Mast Cell and Soft Tissue Neoplasia
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on August 26, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
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Enrollment is closed.

"This program (22-42352) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 2 CE Credits, with a maximum of 2 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Medical, using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance: (Web-based, Teleconference or Audio-Conference). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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