VSPN TECH295-0521: Basic Oncology Overview

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Jenny Fisher, RVT, VTS (SAIM-oncology)
Course Open: May 27, 2021- July 4, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, June 3, 10 , 17 and 24, 2021; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

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Course Information:
This basic oncology course will provide a broad overview of the principles of oncology, including early detection, diagnostics, cancer treatments, radiation and chemotherapy safety and treatment side effects.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Identify the current standards for early cancer detection.
  • Identify and discuss the two main fine needle aspirate techniques.
  • Identify and discuss basic cellular characteristics based upon tissue origin.
  • Identify and discuss staging tests utilized with cancer patients.
  • Identify and discuss the main cancer treatment modalities.
  • Identify the two most commonly diagnosed tumors in small animal medicine.
  • Identify and discuss the presentation variations with lymphoma between dogs and cats.
  • Identify and discuss the staging of canine lymphoma.
  • Identify and discuss prognostic factors for canine lymphoma.
  • Identify and discuss the histological grading systems of mast cell tumors.
  • Identify and discuss common clinical presentations for feline lymphoma.
  • Identify and discuss the implications for chemotherapy treatment.
  • Name and discuss the governing bodies and their roles with hazardous drug handling.
  • Name, Identify and discuss the three categories within the NIOSH HD list (2016).
  • Identify and discuss the engineering requirements within USP 800.
  • Identify and discuss proper PPE and CSTD within USP 800.
  • Identify and describe the differences in diagnostic and therapeutic radiation.
  • Identify and discuss the differences between orthovoltage and megavoltage treatment indications.
  • Discuss ALARA principles for radiation safety.
  • Identify and discuss some of the commonly used positioning devices for radiation therapy.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between acute and delayed radiation toxicity with medical managements of both.
  • Identify and discuss positioning devices used in patient set up and treatment.
Level and Prerequisites: This basic VSPN CE course is open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff actively interested in veterinary oncology.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. (20-774251)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session June 3): Education Over Fear; All Things Veterinary Oncology
In this session we will discuss standards for early cancer detection, fine needle aspirates, cellular characteristics, staging tests and the main cancer treatment modalities.

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 10): Tumor Two-Fur; Common Small Animal Tumor Review
This week’s discussion will include identification of commonly diagnosed tumors. We will go over presentation variations with lymphoma between dogs and cats, staging and prognostic factors of canine lymphoma. We will also discuss grading of mast cell tumors.

Week 3 (Real Time Session June 17): Chemotherapy Gumbo; Safety, Rules and You
This session will go over the implications for chemotherapy treatment. We will name and discuss governing bodies and their roles in hazardous drug handling. We will discuss three categories within the NIOSH HD list (2016), engineering requirements within USP 800 and proper PPE and CSTD within USP 800.

Week 4 (Real Time Session June 24): Beam Me Up; Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiation in Veterinary Oncology
This week we will discuss describe the differences in diagnostic and therapeutic radiation, and the between orthovoltage and megavoltage treatment indications. We will cover ALARA principles for radiation safety, commonly used positioning devices for radiation therapy and discuss the similarities and differences between acute and delayed radiation toxicity with medical managements of both.

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.

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Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by May 13, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on June 3, 2021 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 @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 792
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357