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Practical Oncology Update

by Barbara Kitchell, DVM

Renton, WA


May 5, 2024



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About the Event

May 5, 2024

Renton Technical College
3000 Northeast 4th St.
Building C, Room 101
Renton, WA 98056

Cancers are all too common in our veterinary patients. For years, treatment strategies have been fairly stagnant, but advances in diagnostic and treatment options are opening new horizons for therapy. In this session we will discuss new strategies that can be applied to cancers in both referral and private practice settings.

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Treating Canine Melanoma

Melanoma is the most common oral malignancy in dogs. In this session, we will discuss the role of traditional therapies (surgical removal, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) and newer therapeutic approaches including immunotherapy and personalized medicine strategies.

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Mast Cell Tumor Updates

Mast cell tumors are the most common dermal malignancy in dogs and have a range of biologic behaviors. How can we best prognosticate these tumors to optimize outcomes for our patients? What are the newest strategies available to tackle this difficult cancer?

2:00 – 3:00 pm
New Kids on the Block – Small Molecular Inhibitors in Veterinary Cancer Medicine

Advances in the understanding of cancer biology have introduced new treatment options. In this session, we will discuss molecular profiling of tumors and new therapy approaches based on available small molecular inhibitors to target specific mutations.

3:00 – 4:00 pm
What’s New in Lymphoma?

Lymphoma is the most commonly treated disseminated cancer in veterinary medicine. Some older therapies are still standard of care, but new drugs and approaches are being investigated to improve outcomes for our veterinary patients.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kitchell graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship at the University of Minnesota, then residencies in Small Animal Medicine and Oncology at UC Davis from 1981-1985. She received her Ph.D. degree in Cancer Biology from UC Davis in 1994. Dr. Kitchell completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Comparative Medicine, Stanford Medical School from 1990-1994. She taught clinical and comparative oncology at the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine from 1994-2003, and at Michigan State University from 2003-2013. She is currently Director of Residency and Specialty Intern Training with VCA. Dr. Kitchell is an ACVIM Diplomate in Internal Medicine and Oncology. Dr. Kitchell is the author of over 100 scientific publications. Like most veterinarians, she has a menagerie of dogs and cats. Dr. Kitchell also keeps busy trying to keep up with 5 adult children and an increasing count of grandchildren.

Event Pricing








* Technicians can be added to a waitlist and will be contacted the week prior to the CE Event if spots are available to attend.

4 hours available. The WSVMA is an approved source of Continuing Education in the State of Washington.

Included in your registration are scientific proceedings. 

Scientific proceedings prepared by speakers will be emailed out the Friday before the CE.

Cancellations received by April 22 will have $10 deducted for processing fees. There will be no refunds for no-shows who have not notified the WSVMA after May 1.

The WSVMA is committed to providing a safe and healthy facility for its and attendees. We will be following the most stringent policy required at the time the event is held and will also be following whichever rules may be put in place by the facility itself, the city of Renton, and/or the State of Washington. Accordingly, any of the current terms of service may be changed. Covid requirements can change rapidly, and we will endeavor to keep exhibitors up to date to the best of our ability.

Questions surrounding this policy can be directed to the WSVMA office at [email protected] or by calling (425) 396-3191.