The Master’s in Veterinary Oncology gives freelance veterinarians the opportunity to
- improve their knowledge of oncological cases;
- hone the skills needed to manage pet patients with various types of neoplasms;
- come up with the right diagnostic algorithm for an accurate diagnosis of tumours in animals;
- decide on gold-standard therapies for the most frequent tumours in veterinary practice and, when necessary, understand where to refer the most complex cases.
Furthermore, the Master’s course also teaches students how to establish constructive channels of communication with animal owners about the condition of their pets, the frequent need for chronic therapy that takes the quality of life of the animal into consideration, and supporting patient and owner until the end of the animal’s life.
The Master’s in Veterinary Oncology focuses on acquiring knowledge about:
- the general biology of neoplasms in animals;
- principles of communication and ethics in veterinary oncology;
- the main cytological, histological, and clinical diagnostic techniques;
- pharmacological aspects and use of the main antineoplastic drugs;
- the classification, diagnosis and therapeutic options of the most frequent neoplasms in veterinary practice.
The Master’s in Veterinary Oncology is intended to offer in-depth information and provide updated knowledge to veterinary doctors who are already working in a freelance capacity with small animals.
In order to get the most out of the Master’s course and to achieve the expected learning outcomes, the student should already have knowledge in line with European veterinary medicine degrees (day-one competencies of EAEVE SOP: https://www.eaeve.org/esevt/sop.html).
Therefore, at the end of the course, students will have increased their skill level, and be better able to identify and diagnose animal tumours and to choose and administer the best available therapies. Practical exercises focused on cytological and imaging diagnostics will also further increase students’ skills.
The Master’s in Veterinary Oncology is to provide training in:
VETERINARY ONCOLOGY: PATIENT, OWNER, VETERINARIAN
This module covers the general topics of veterinary oncology from biological, pathogenetic, and ethical points of view as well as in terms of communication, principles, and applications of cancer pharmacotherapy.
VETERINARY ONCOLOGY: A WORLD OF CELLS
This module includes an introduction to the clinical pathology of neoplasms (general principles of cytology and the cytology of the different systems), oncological histopathology (general principles, immunohistochemistry, grading, communication with the pathologist) and animal tumour staging (WHO and TNM systems, imaging techniques).
LYMPHOMA AND LEUKAEMIA; EMERGENCIES AND COMPLICATIONS IN VETERINARY ONCOLOGY
This module includes an introduction to the classification and staging of lymphoma and leukaemia in dogs and cats, general biology, treatment of the most frequent forms, understanding and dealing with oncological emergencies and complications.
NEOPLASMS OF THE SKIN, ORAL CAVITY, SOFT TISSUE, ENDOCRINE GLANDS AND OSTEOSARCOMA
This module includes an introduction to the classification, general biology, and therapy for the most frequent and significant forms of neoplasms of the skin, oral cavity, soft tissue, and of the endocrine glands in dogs and cats, and osteosarcoma in dogs.
BREAST, GENITO-URINARY AND DIGESTIVE TRACT, CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM AND OCULAR NEOPLASMS.
The module includes an introduction to the classification, general biology, and therapy for the most frequent and significant forms of breast, genito-urinary and digestive tract, central nervous system and ocular neoplasms.
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Classes will be held over Zoom (synchronous lessons) and will include presentations that can be downloaded on demand. Theoretical lectures and practical activities take place over five weeks during the academic year, and courses are provided in English by lecturers and freelance professionals from Italy and abroad.
For more in-depth knowledge about the topics discussed in the seminars, additional teaching materials – with updated information from the international scientific community – will be provided online. At the end of each week, there will be a learning check to test the student’s knowledge.
During the Master’s course, the student will be given project work focused on going further in-depth from a scientific standpoint, describing an oncological case.
The final examination will focus on the knowledge acquired and the discussion of the project work.