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Oncology Seminar

Oncology Seminar

Devote a day to Oncology!

Sandra Nguyen and Penny Thomas from the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in Sydney are co-presenting this exciting and intensive 1-day seminar. A quick read of their bios—outlining their impressive cumulative experience in academia, cancer research and as practising veterinarians—demonstrates why you should book your place now.

Sandra was heavily involved at The Ohio State University with clinical trials involving innovative new treatments for pets with cancer. She is particularly interested in how veterinary communication with pet owners impacts their grief. With many pet owners experiencing grief equal to that felt with the loss of a close human companion, empathy and awareness of your impact on this is important.  

Sandra and Penny will cover new modalities in oncology, through to palliative care and metastatic disease. By participating in this seminar, not only will you update your veterinary oncology knowledge and hone your practical skills, you will also learn better ways to communicate with your clients in general as well as how to deliver unwelcome news.

By the end of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in recent advances in oncology
  • Apply multi-modal pain relief principles to your cancer patients
  • Be able to identify when special staining or extra testing is required on Pathology samples
  • Know the treatment options for metastatic disease
  • Make the euthanasia experience less stressful for the vet healthcare team and client


Friday 30 August 2019
8.30 - 5.00
Early Bird
18 July 2019
Pullman Brisbane King George Square
Corner Ann &, Roma St
Brisbane QLD



Dr 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 and then Oncology internship at SASH.

Penny finished her residency training in Veterinary Oncology in April 2017 and is now the Oncology Registrar at SASH. 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. She is a member of the Veterinary Cancer Society and has obtained her Memberships of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal medicine. Penny has obtained her Fellowship qualification in 2019 in Veterinary Oncology and now works predominantly from our Central Coast clinic. She regularly participates in continuing education talks to general practitioners in both Sydney and regional NSW. She has a keen interest in haematological cancers and has published papers on multiple myeloma, anal sac cancer in cats and chemotherapy for T cell lymphoma in dogs. Outside of work she is kept busy at the gym, her giant dog Flynn, spotty horse PJ and ginger cat Ron.

BVSc (Hons I) Dipl. ACVIM (Oncology)

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Sandra worked as an associate veterinarian at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital. Sandra went on to complete her residency in Medical Oncology at Cornell University, and while there won the Veterinary Resident Award for dedication to veterinary student training and service to patients and clients. She achieved Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Oncology in 2010. She 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, and has presented her research and published abstracts and proceedings at the American Association for Cancer Research and the Veterinary Cancer Society Annual Conference. The 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 and the impact that communication surrounding euthanasia has on pet owners' grief.  

MEMBER TYPEEarly BirdFull Rate
Part-time Professional / Recent Grad Member/ Nurse$352$371
Student Member$176$185
Non-member / eMemberN/A$741

*Member includes: Practice, Professional and Academic members

Nurses are encouraged to register for this event by calling the CVE customer service team on 02 9351 7979