This two-day workshop will give attendees the confidence to diagnose and treat common cancers in clinical practice, while effectively supporting the owners through this challenging time. When it comes to cancer – communication is key. Attendees will also have the opportunity to look at closed transfer systems for chemotherapy and gain an understanding of how to manage possible side effects in their patients.
- Gain confidence with diagnosis and treatment of the most common cancers seen in practice
- Gain an understanding of practical aspects of handling and administering chemotherapy drugs
- Learn how to manage chemotherapy side effects and pain
- Gain confidence in creating palliative and hospice care plans
- Learn skills for dealing with emotionally charged conversation
BVSc (Hons I), Dip ACVIM (Onc)
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Sandra worked as an associate veterinarian at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital in Sydney. Sandra went on to complete her residency in Medical Oncology at Cornell University, and achieved Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology in 2010. Sandra gained a position on faculty at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor in Oncology and Hematology.
Sandra now works at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney. Sandra has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed publications in the veterinary scientific literature, including a very recent Veterinary Cooperative Oncology Group (VCOG) Consensus Document on which she was lead author. She has presented her research and published abstracts and proceedings at the American Association for Cancer Research and the Veterinary Cancer Society Annual Conference.At Ohio State University, Sandra was heavily involved in clinical trials involving innovative new treatments for pets with cancer.
Sandra has also undergone special training in communication, and she is particularly interested in end of life care for pets with cancer, as well as the impact that communication surrounding euthanasia has on pet owners’ grief. Sandra is a qualified executive coach and has undertaken a diploma of counselling.
BVSc (Hons I), MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine), FANZCVS (Veterinary Oncology)
Penny Thomas graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in 2011. During university, she worked in specialist and referral practice as a nurse which helped to develop a keen interest in oncology and cancer therapy in animals. She worked in mixed practice in the Hunter Valley after graduating and enjoyed the country lifestyle, but returned to Sydney in 2013 for a rotating internship, Oncology internship and then residency.
Penny finished her residency training in Veterinary Oncology in April 2017 and became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2019. During her training, she spent time at Colorado State University, the University of Madison Wisconsin, The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and the Animal Health Trust in the UK. Outside of work, she is kept busy at the gym and with her giant dog Flynn, spotty horse PJ and ginger cat Ron.
Value to your practice
The knowledge attendees obtain will enable them to manage cancer cases more effectively, both with regards to care of the patient and communication with clients. They will be able to discuss whether chemotherapy is something that can be provided in the clinic and set up supportive, pain-relieving palliative care regimes for patients.
Start date: July 24, 2020
End date: July 25, 2020
Start time: 08:30
End time: 17:00
Venue: Kahuvet Education Centre, Wiri, Auckland
Coordinates: -37.004418, 174.866307
Directions: 23 Ash Road, Wiri, Auckland 2104