As of March 10, 2024, this course is no longer open for enrollment

As of March 10, 2024, this course is no longer open for enrollment


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 1 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians and veterinarians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

RACE Subject Category: Medical; Delivery Method: Non-interactive Distance; Program Number 926546.


Content Presenter

Angela McCleary-Wheeler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology)


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Cancer in dogs: How and when is it detected and is there room for improvement? is a free veterinary CE offering made possible through the generous educational support of PetDx®.

This course utilizes the archive of a live presentation.

Major veterinary medical organizations recognize the importance of early cancer detection in dogs. However, guidelines-driven screening protocols for early cancer detection are lacking and cancer is often detected at advanced stages. This course examines data from over 350 cancer-diagnosed dogs to establish how the presenting complaint came to attention and led to a definitive diagnosis of cancer in these patients. Additionally, the content presentation will review the typical age at which cancer is diagnosed in dogs from a cohort of over 3,000 cancer-diagnosed patients. Using this data, an “age to start cancer screening” can be recommended, based on an individual dog’s breed or weight. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how blood-based liquid biopsy testing may offer a convenient, non-invasive, screening tool to aid in the earlier identification of cancer in dogs.

After completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • explain how canine cancer currently comes to clinical attention
  • determine the most appropriate age to initiate cancer screening in an individual dog based on their breed or weight
  • outline how a novel, blood-based cancer screening test can be incorporated into a clinical workflow to aid in the earlier detection of cancer in dogs


Open Enrollment with Immediate Access and Individual Scheduling

This is an open enrollment course. Participants may enroll at any time. Upon submission of enrollment the participant is immediately added to the course. The course welcome email provides login and other important information.

This is an asynchronous course, meaning it does not contain real time components. Participants do not need to be logged into the course at specific times to attend lectures or view presentations.

Participants do not need to complete the course in one sitting. However, students who do not access the course within 30 days of last access will be processed as incomplete. Any activity within the course will reset to the full 30 days time allotment.

Participants who are unable to complete a course may re-enroll at their convenience providing the course is still available.


Completion Requirements

The completion requirements for this course are:

  • complete the examination with a score of 80% or better - multiple attempts are permitted
  • submit the course survey

Upon submission of the final completion requirement, the participant will automatically be marked as completed and the course completion email will be sent out. The participant will have immediate access to the certificate.


Course Fee

Price: FREE