Feline Oncology

registration open


Online Course

12 – 14 January 2024

26 – 28 January 2024

EURO 2.150.-*

EURO 2.050.-*(early registration deadline: 1.10.2023)

*eLibrary access is included in the course fee

Total hours: 40
ATF hours (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland): TBA
ECTS credits (Master & Certificate): 5

Program Director/
Principal Course Master:

Dr. Jarno Schmidt MRCVS, DECVIM-CA (DE)

Course Masters:


Important Note:

This is an online course with mostly live lectures running from Friday to Sunday noon (12-14 January 2024 and 26-28 January 2024). It is the sole responsibility of the student to ensure adequate internet access and availability to follow the course. It will not be possible to view the lectures before or afterwards. Times in the programme refer to Central European Time (CET).

Course Overview

Oncology has become one of the fastest growing fields in small animal practice, as clients and veterinarians are becoming increasingly open-minded about treating pets with cancer. The adage „cats are not small dogs“ holds true especially in oncology. Etiology, incidence, clinical symptoms, tumour biology, treatment and prognosis of feline cancer often differ significantly from that of dogs.
Unfortunately for feline practitioners, most small animal seminars are heavily biased towards canine medicine with cats not getting their fair share.
“Feline Oncology” is specifically designed to provide feline practitioners with the “A to Z” of cancer in cats. It will start with the diagnostic approach to the feline cancer patient, including biopsy taking, staging procedures and diagnostic options.
Further, there will be a comprehensive discussion of cancer treatment options and on formulating suitable therapeutic plans.
This course will address the most common feline tumours in clinical practice. A major emphasis will be on case oriented work using a systematic approach to the feline cancer patients.
This course is ideal for veterinarians with little or no previous knowledge in veterinary oncology, but also highly suitable for feline practitioners, who want to deepen their understanding of feline oncology and get up-to-date with the current state of clinical research.


“Feline Oncology” includes the following topics (preliminary):
• Etiology, epidemiology and tumour biology in cats
• Diagnostic imaging and tumour staging methods
• Biopsy techniques & tumour cytology (image based, no microscopes)
• Principles of surgical oncology including reconstruction in oncologic surgery
• Principles of chemotherapy & radiation oncology
• Cutaneous neoplasms
• Lymphoma & other haematopoietic tumours
• Tumours of the respiratory tract
• Urinary tract tumours & mammary tumours
• Tumours of the skeletal system
• Oral, gastrointestinal & hepatosplenic tumours
• Important feline endocrine tumours
• Abdominal & thoracic cancer surgery
• Interactive case management

Course program (online live sessions)

Friday 12/01/23

08:30-09:00 Welcome and registration
09:00-16:00 Feline cancer epidemiology (Schmidt)
Tumour biology and etiology of cancer in feline patients (Schmidt)
Diagnostic approach to the feline cancer patient (Schmidt)
Principles of Feline Tumor Cytology (Schmidt)

90 min Cytology CASES (solve cases independently at home) (Schmidt)

Saturday 13/01/23
09:00-17:00 Cytology slide review [yesterday’s cases] (Schmidt)
What is tumour staging and why is it important? (Schmidt)
Case management: Principles of oncologic surgery in the feline cancer patient & how to take biopsies (Findji)
Feline skin tumours: a short overview (Schmidt)
CASE MANAGEMENT: Feline soft-tissue sarcomas (Findji)
Feline mammary tumours I (Schmidt)
Feline mammary tumour II (surgery) (Findji)
Sunday 14/01/23

08:30-13:00 Q&A online lectures and other topics [facultative] (Schmidt)
Chemotherapy principles and practice (Schmidt)
CASE MANAGEMENT: Feline UV-light induced squamous cell carcinoma & Bowen’s disease (Findji)
An overview of feline lymphoma: Epidemiology, clinical signs, diagnostic approach (Schmidt)

Friday 26/01/23

08:30-17:00 Q&A online lectures and other topics [facultative] (Findji)
CASE MANAGEMENT: Feline oral tumours (Findji)
Feline liver tumours and exocrine pancreatic tumours (Findji)
An overview of feline lymphoma: treatment strategies (Schmidt)
CASE-MANAGEMENT: Feline intestinal lymphoma (Schmidt)
Feline gastrointestinal tumours [excl. LSA] (Findji)
CASE MANAGEMENT: Feline cutaneous lymphoma (Schmidt)

Saturday 27/01/23

09:00-16:30 Q&A online lectures and other topics [facultative]
Leukaemias, plasma cell tumours, histiocytic disorders (Zandvliet)
Feline urogenital tumours (Findji)
Feline mast cell tumours & Tyrosine Kinase inhibitors (Schmidt)
Feline splenic tumours & feline haemangiosarcomas (Schmidt)

Sunday 28/01/23

08:30-13:00 Casus Exam and ESAVS Oncology Certificate and Master (Schmidt)
Feline nasal,laryngeal and tracheal tumours (Schmidt)
Feline lung tumours + thymoma and surgical management of respiratory and intrathoracic tumours (Findji)
Case management session (Schmidt)
• Feline Insulinoma: “does it exist?” (Schmidt)
• Feline Hyperaldosteronism & adrenal tumours (Schmidt)
• Feline acromegaly (Schmidt)
Q&A and Wrap-up of the course

Prerecorded video lectures of the following topics are available for independent study for a limited time and only during the course:

60 min Important chemo drugs for feline cancer (Schmidt)
45 min Feline Thyroid and parathyroid tumours (Schmidt)
45 min Case management cutaneous lymphoma (Schmidt)

30 min Feline bone tumours (Findji)
15 min Case management: Salivary gland tumors (Findji)
15 min Case management: anal sac tumors (Findji)

60 min Feline paraneoplastic syndromes (Zandvliet)
20 min Principles of Feline Radiotherapy (Zandvliet)
40 min Practice of Feline Radiotherapy (case-based) (Zandvliet)