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 1089196.


Content Presenter

Chelsea Warren, DVM


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Ain't Doin' Right: Use of liquid biopsy in the workup of suspected cancer in the ADR dog is a free veterinary CE offering made possible through the generous educational support of PetDx®.

This course utilizes the archive of a live presentation.

We are all too familiar with the dog that presents because “She’s not herself” or “He’s just off.” We even have a term: “ADR” (ain’t doin’ right) to describe these observations. Maybe she’s sleeping more than usual, or not finishing her meals, or not running to greet the family when they come home - owners know their companions best. We know to pay attention to subtle changes. However, these vague clinical signs can be challenging to work up and the differential list can be quite long.

Cancer is almost always on the list for an older dog but arriving at a cancer diagnosis may require a variety of diagnostic tests or lengthy treatment trials over the course of months. This course discusses how liquid biopsy can, within a matter of days, help move cancer up or down on the list of differential diagnoses and potentially shorten the path to diagnosis in the sick or ADR dog. It reviews common clinical signs of cancer and, using real-world illustrative cases, demonstrates how the use of blood-based liquid biopsy testing early in the diagnostic workup has helped veterinarians and families avoid the “diagnostic odyssey” on the path to a definitive diagnosis.

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

  • identify common clinical signs of cancer
  • describe basic principles of cancer development and how next-generation sequencing-based liquid biopsy can be used to detect cancer in dogs
  • assess clinical scenarios in which liquid biopsy is useful as an aid in diagnosis for cancer, with a focus on canine patients with nonspecific signs – AKA the “ADR dog”
  • review 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