Oncology: Theory & Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Oncology: Theory & Practice

This jam-packed 2 days of theory and practice will help upgrade your oncology knowledge, practical skills and communication.

The dynamic duo of Penny Brown and Sandra Nguyen will be covering topics from new modalities in oncology to palliative care and metastatic disease.

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge in recent advances in oncology

  • Apply multimodal pain relief principles to your cancer patients

  • Be confident in getting a diagnostic sample from bone marrow and other organs

  • Be able to broadly categorise cytology samples

  • Be able to identify when special staining is required on histopathology samples

  • Know the treatment options for metastatic disease

  • Make the euthanasia experience less stressful for the vet healthcare team and client

This is a not to be missed opportunity for vets dealing with oncology patients.


Friday 26 - Saturday 27 October 2018
Friday 13.30 - 16.30
Saturday 13.30 - 16.30
9.00 - 16.30
Early Bird
14 September 2018
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW


BVSc (Hons I) MANZCVS (Medicine)

Penny Brown 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. 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. 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 studying for Fellowship exams, her 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 Animal Referral 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. At 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.  

Course fees
S E M I N A R + W O R K S H O P
Member typeEarly BirdFull Rate
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$1158$1218
Non-member / eMemberN/A$1825

*Member includes: Practice, Professional and Academic members