Oncology IV



Langen / Germany

27.11.2023 – 01.12.2023

EURO 2.450.-*

EURO 2.350.-*(early registration deadline: 12.06.2023)

* 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:

Prof. Dr. Kristina Meichner DECVIM, DACVCP (USA)
Dr. Brissot, Hervé DEDV, DECVS (UK)

Important notes and requirements

1. Oncology IV can be taken only after completion of ESAVS Oncology modules Oncology I-III. For this course participants are required to have an intermediate understanding of oncology and cytology. Students will work-up cases independently, in small groups and/or in plenary sessions.
2. Prof. Meichner will teach online from the USA on days 2-5. Students are expected to home-study a prerecorded bone marrow lecture from Prof. Meichner in order to familiarise themselves with the principles of bone marrow cytology before the course.
3. Cytology will be provided online (Prof. Meichner) and in the form of cytology videos and pictures (Dr. Schmidt). There will be no microscopes. Since this is an advanced course, students are already familiar with the use of a microscope. To ensure optimal image resolution for the online cytology and to access imaging and cytology videos for case management sessions with Dr. Schmidt, everyone must bring a laptop (and if necessary a travel adaptor for Germany) that can connect to the internet. Headphones are highly recommended to follow Prof. Meichner’s sessions.
4. Some course material related to case management will only be available in print after the session!

Course Overview

Oncology IV builds up on Oncology I-III and will focus on interactive case management of interesting and/or more complex cancer cases. It will cover current and/or more advanced topics such as, for example, cytology of neoplastic diseases in internal organs, bone tumours, bone marrow cytology, sentinel lymph node mapping, communication in cancer care and decision making skills. For this course participants are required to have an intermediate understanding of oncology and cytology. Students will work-up cases independently, in small groups and/or in plenary sessions.


• Sentinel lymph node mapping: principles & practice
• Mast cell tumour current staging trends & controversies
• Mast cell tumours cases management
• Update on non-surgical treatment options for mast cell tumours
• Endosurgery in pets with cancer: principles, practice & limitations
• Stents, embolization and other innovative ideas
• Innovative ideas in bone tumour management
• Cytology of bone, bone marrow neoplasia, lymph nodes, blood and miscellaneous internal organs [online, videos, pictures]
• Understand immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry and PARR,
• Communication in Cancer Care
• Case management & decision making : miscellaneous tumours

Home study online before the course and/or during the week (pre-recorded):

Approx. 60 min Who is who – principles of bone marrow cytology (Meichner)

Course program (subject to change)

Monday, 27/11/2023
08:30-09:00 Welcome and registration
09:00-10:00 Update mast cell tumours (Schmidt)
10:00-10:45 Toceranib (Palladia): 2009-2023 (Schmidt)
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:45 Sentinel lymph node mapping: principles & practice (Brissot)
12:45-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:00 Endosurgery in cancer: principles & practice (Brissot)
15:00-16:00 “This is how I use stents and other innovative ideas” (Brissot)
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Managing bone tumours: thinking outside the box (Brissot)
Tuesday, 28/11/2023
09:00-09:30 Cytology of musculoskeletal tumours [lecture] (Schmidt)
09:30-10:30 Independent case management & cytology I (Schmidt)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:00 Independent case management & cytology I (Schmidt)
12:00-13:00 Discussion of worked-up cases (Schmidt)
13:00-14:15 LUNCH BREAK
14:30-17:00 (incl. 30 min break) Introduction (Meichner):
– Example cytology cases and interactive cytology quiz: skin, internal organs, etc.
– Cytology stains – pros and cons
– When (and how) to collect a bone marrow sample
Wednesday, 29/11/2023
09:00-09:30 Endocrine Cytology lecture (Schmidt)
09:30-10:30 Independent case management & cytology II (Schmidt)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Independent case management & cytology II (Schmidt)
11:30-12:30 Discussion of worked-up cases (Schmidt)
12:30-13:45 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-17:30 (incl. 30 min break)
Short review of leukaemias (Meichner)
Principles & clinical applications of flow cytometry, PARR, IHC (Meichner)
Practical blood smear cytology (cases) (Meichner)
Thursday, 30/11/2023
09:00-10:00 Independent Case MCQ Quiz (Schmidt)
10:00-10:30 Discussion of Case MCQ Quiz (Schmidt)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break 11:30-12:30 Communication in cancer care I (Schmidt)
12:30-13:45 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-14:30 Q&A & review of key points about BM prerecorded lecture (Meichner)
14:30-17:15 (incl. 30 min break) Bone marrow cytology: cases (Meichner)
Friday, 1/12/2023
08:30-09:45 Independent case management & cytology III (Schmidt)
09:45-10:30 Discussion of worked-up cases (Schmidt)
10:30-11:00 Coffee break 11:00-12:30 Communication in cancer care II (Schmidt)
12:00-13:00 LUNCH BREAK
13:00-15:00 Case-based: lymph node & lymphoma cytology (Meichner)
15:00-15:30 Q & A and Wrap up of the course

Course location

Mercure Hotel Frankfurt Airport Langen: Robert-Bosch-Straße 26, 63225 Langen (Hessen), Germany