Companion animal oncology

Lumps and bumps in the night, making cancer less scary.

A cancer diagnosis for a pet is an emotional time for clients. As with cancer in humans, advancements in science and technology have improved the chance of survival and minimized the impact on pets. By increasing your understanding of diagnosis, treatments and considerations, you can guide your clients confidently through the process of treatment and care.


Online course: Monday 2 September - Friday 27 September 2024



This is an online course comprising of pre-recorded lectures, notes, and a discussion forum to engage with the tutor and other participants. Other resources and activities may also be included.


  • Chemotherapy
  • Lymphoma
  • Mast cell tumours and surgical considerations
  • Anal sac adenocarcinomas
  • Common sarcomas and their surgical considerations

Learning objectives

  • Know how to diagnose common cancers.
  • Learn the therapeutic options and prognoses.
  • Learn the basics of using chemotherapy in practice.
  • Understand surgical considerations for mast cell tumours, sarcomas, and oral tumours.

Learning outcomes

  • Offer more treatment options to owners (chemotherapy, surgery).
  • Communicate confidently the options and prognoses to clients better after a cancer diagnosis.
  • Avoid common surgical oncology complications and improve outcomes.


Patrick Smith BSc BVMS (dist) MRCVS DECVIM (Oncology) Registered Specialist in Oncology

Magen Shaughnessy DVM DACVS Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery


NZVA member: $650

Non-member: $1300


Shannon Leader
Events Manager