This practical lecture based course offers a guide to the safe handling of chemotherapy in veterinary practice. The course will cover general principles of the use of chemotherapy and describe the chemotherapy drugs and protocols most commonly used to treat cancer patients in general practice. The delegates will learn step-by-step the correct technique for the safe preparation and administration of chemotherapy drugs in order to avoid or minimise adverse effects and achieve the best outcome in terms of survival and quality of life. A full lecture will be dedicated to the very important topic of health and safety of handling cytotoxic drugs in veterinary practice.
Course code: VCPDDDCP
Dr Chiara Penzo DVM PhD Dip.ECVIM-CA (Oncology) MRCVS
- How chemotherapy works and when to use it
- Details of the chemotherapy drugs and protocols most commonly used in general practice
- Correct technique of preparation and administration of chemotherapy drugs
- Health and safety of the use of chemotherapy drugs
- Adverse effects and complications (included prevention and treatment)
- Knowledge of the indications and administration techniques of chemotherapy agents most commonly used in general practice
- Correct assessment and monitoring of the veterinary chemotherapy patient
- Prevention, recognition and treatment of potential adverse effects and/or complications
- Understanding of health and safety issues and correct standard operating procedure to maximise safety in the practice and for the client
Required delegate attributes
This course is designed for veterinary surgeons with all levels of experience. It will provide invaluable experience for those who are not familiar with the use of chemotherapy and those veterinary surgeons wanting to gain further knowledge. The course would also be of value to those veterinary surgeons undertaking further professional qualifications in small animal medicine.