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Oncology: An Overview Of Cancer In Small Animals

Oncology: An Overview Of Cancer In Small Animals

Oncology: An Overview Of Cancer In Small Animals

Kim Albin, LVT, VTS (Oncology)
Kim Albin, LVT, VTS (Oncology)
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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015
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Last updated: 19 May 2017

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Mrs. Jones has been a client of your practice for the last 7 years. Her dog, "Bender" the Boxer, is a team favorite. You have celebrated birthdays with Bender in the exam room. Suddenly, Mrs. Jones finds a couple of masses on Bender and you are devastated. You know Mast Cell Tumors are common in Boxers. What if this is a Mast Cell? What if it is Grade 3? You dread the idea of Mrs. Jones having to be told. How can you and your practice treat Bender with the best medicine? So many thoughts flood your mind and Mrs. Jones can read the expression on your face. “This isn’t good is it…?” she asks.

Advances in veterinary medicine have allowed us to diagnose and treat cancer, often with excellent results. However, that success often comes with complications and side effects. Veterinary team members must have a strong educational foundation in order to play an effective role in the diagnosis, communication and treatment of cancer cases. Many times, team members do not comprehend the basics of this potentially deadly disease and, therefore, cannot help to educate clients with confidence, decreasing client compliance. Understanding oncology is critical, along with development and implementation of proper diagnostic and treatment procedures.

Oncology: An Overview of Cancer in Small Animals will help you and your practice create the best medical approach for your clients and patients through a strong foundation in the basics of oncology.

This is the 1st of 3 Oncology courses that use the same textbook. The other two courses are Oncology: Cancer in Small Animals Part One and Oncology: Cancer in Small Animals Part Two.


On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast normal cell structure with cancerous cell structure
2. Recognize common tumor characteristics
3. Compare and contrast benign and malignant tumors
4. Differentiate cancer causing viruses
5. Identify chemical, physical and hormonal factors associated with cancer
6. Assess immune system responses to cancer cells
7. Identify the process of carcinogenesis
8. Evaluate genetic mutations
9. Compare and contrast effective diagnostic imaging technologies
10. Evaluate effective sample acquisition methods, including aspirates, scrapings, swabs and imprints
11. Develop effective biopsy techniques
12. Identify paraneoplastic syndromes
13. Compare and contrast effective treatment options, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy
14. Implement effective safety and protective measures
15. Effectively assess and implement pain management and nutritional protocols for cancer patients
16. Assess and establish end-of-life measures for cancer patients and their owners
Kim Albin, LVT, VTS (Oncology)

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Kim Albin, LVT, VTS (Oncology)
on behalf of VetMedTeam

After gaining a strong foundation as a Licensed Technician, Kim became a VTS (oncology). She has worked with the Oncology Unit at Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital 6 years, focusing on animal and handler safety. She has published several articles in Veterinary Technician magazine, the Canadian Veterinary Technician magazine, and is currently working on a Chemotherapy Safety Book.

Kim is Past President of the Veterinary Technician Cancer Society and is the Safety Coordinator for many Veterinary Oncology clinics.

In her spare time, Kim is a mother, wife, and a sponsored amateur triathlete on the Lansing Triathlon Team, as well as a fitness instructor at the YMCA.

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  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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