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 969214.



 

Content Presenter

Todd Cohen, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

 

Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Is it cancer? Use of a blood-based test as an aid-in-diagnosis for cancer detection in dogs is a free veterinary CE offering made possible through the generous educational support of PetDx®.

This course utilizes the archive of a live presentation.

What do you do when a dog presents with an abdominal mass that you can’t access for FNA or biopsy? How about a case where cytology or histopathology is inconclusive, but you still suspect cancer? What about a situation where you recommend biopsy, but the owner objects because they feel it is too invasive?

When a dog is suspected of having cancer, the workup can take many forms and a variety of testing modalities may be needed to arrive at a definitive or presumptive diagnosis. This course will review a novel tool in the clinician’s toolbox – liquid biopsy. It is a test that evaluates a blood sample for the presence of circulating tumor DNA which indicates the current presence of cancer in the body. In addition, this course will examine the basic principles of liquid biopsy testing and how this technology may be useful as an aid-in-diagnosis. A series of illustrative case samples will be presented, demonstrating how liquid biopsy has been used in the evaluation of dogs with suspected cancer.


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

  • describe basic principles of cancer development
  • outline how cell-free DNA can be used to detect cancer in dogs
  • identify clinical scenarios in which liquid biopsy may be useful as an aid-in-diagnosis for cancer in dogs
  • discuss appropriate interpretation of liquid biopsy results in the aid-in-diagnosis scenario

 

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