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 1127102 .


Content Presenter

Ashley Phelps-Dunn, DVM


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

The importance of early cancer detection in dogs: Changing the “Friday afternoon” emergency is a free veterinary CE offering made possible through the generous educational support of PetDx®.

This course utilizes the archive of a live presentation.

As you are about to head home for the weekend a dog is rushed in with a hemoabdomen. The owner says, “he was fine this morning.” The family makes a quick and difficult decision to head to surgery. Histopathology confirms hemangiosarcoma.

Today, most cancers are detected after a dog develops clinical signs, sometimes subtle and sometimes life-threatening, after the disease is advanced. But what if there was a way to detect cancer earlier, before that dog becomes sick at a time when the family has more options for treatment?

That is the goal of blood-based liquid biopsy testing. This course provides an overview of how “the blood test for cancer” works, how this technology is being used in clinical practices around the country, and how a simple blood draw has an opportunity to change those heartbreaking “Friday afternoon” emergencies.

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

  • examine how canine cancer currently comes to clinical attention
  • explore potential benefits of early stage and preclinical cancer detection in dogs
  • explain how next-generation sequencing technology can be leveraged to help identify cancer in dogs using a simple blood draw
  • determine the most appropriate age to initiate cancer screening in an individual dog based on their breed or weight


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.


Free Course

Price: FREE