Medical Oncology | Centre for Veterinary Education

Medical Oncology

Use the latest information to prolong the quality of life of canine and feline patients with cancer.

Between 40 and 50 per cent of dogs and cats will either die of cancer or have cancer found incidentally on post mortem. Yet, unlike heart disease, chronic renal insufficiency and arthritis, cancer is potentially curable.

Advances in chemotherapy have increased options for palliative care, so that animals can have a prolonged life rather than a prolonged death. This course provides an overview of oncogenesis and metastasis, common chemotherapeutics, other therapies including surgery and radiation, paraneoplastic syndromes, lymphoma, sarcomas, round cell tumours and the complete approach to the cancer patient.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Develop the skills to obtain an appropriate tissue diagnosis of cancer without compromising the patient

  • Develop the skills to stage patients with neoplastic disease using appropriate diagnostic modalities

  • Utilise chemotherapeutic agents within a treatment plan

  • Administer cytotoxic agents safely

  • Develop a medical treatment plan for patients suffering from common neoplastic disease

  • Tailor chemotherapy treatment plans for patients with co-morbidities

  • Develop a comprehensive palliative care plan with an emphasis on quality of life

  • Understand the rapid pace of change in oncology and know where to source the latest information and protocols


  1. Introduction to Oncology and Mechanisms of Oncogenesis and Metastasis

  2. Introduction to Chemotherapeutics and Chemotherapy Drugs

  3. The other Therapies Surgery, Radiation, Hyperthermia and New Alternatives

  4. Paraneoplastic Syndromes

  5. Canine Lymphosarcoma

  6. Feline Lymphosarcoma

  7. Carcinomas

  8. Sarcomas

  9. Round Cell Tumours

  10. The Complete Approach to the Patient with Cancer

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of detailed written notes, images and journal articles  

  • Self-assessed quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutor

  • A monthly assignment were you will receive individual feedback and explanations from your tutor

  • A 2 day workshop covering key topics and a wide variety of cases for group discussion 

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

Distance Education

Thursday 1 February - Friday 30 November 2018
2-Day Workshop
Date TBC
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2017
Early Bird
31 October 2017


BVSc FANZCVS (Canine Medicine) DACVIM

Peter Bennett is a graduate of the University of Melbourne. After spending some time in general practice he undertook a non-traditional training program in small animal medicine in New Zealand and the USA. He obtained Fellowship in Canine Medicine and Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Medicine.  Peter joined the Faculty at Purdue University in Indiana in the Oncology Section and obtained Diplomate Status in Veterinary Oncology.  Peter returned to Australia in 2001 and joined the staff at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. Late in 2012 Peter moved to Sydney and joined the staff at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Sydney where he is establishing a Comparative Oncology program. Peter has run a Medical Oncology Distance Education course for the CVE for 10 years and is a tutor in the Massey University MVM program.

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$6100$6400$6600
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to redeem this discount.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.