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2023, June 9-12 – California VMA PacVet

June 9 - June 12

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Booth #430

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Friday, June 9, 2023
9:30 am – 10:20 am PT


Rachel Venable, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)


Recent Advances in Veterinary Oncology: Updates Every General Practitioner Should Know


This session will provide an overview of recent advances in oncology for the veterinary practitioner. It will discuss novel treatments and a new early cancer detection test. A review of the mechanism of action, study results, and uses of an oral treatment for canine lymphoma (Laverdia) and an injectable treatment for canine mast cell tumor (Stelfonta) will be discussed. This session will also provide a basic overview of cancer biology and introduce the fundamentals of blood-based “liquid biopsy” testing for canine cancer detection using next-generation sequencing of cell-free DNA (OncoK9); a review of the peer-reviewed clinical validation study of this testing in over 1,000 dogs will be presented.


Friday, June 9, 2023
10:30 am – 11:20 am PT


Todd A. Cohen, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Heather Oxford, MPH, CVA, CCRT
Matthew Baumstein


An internist, a vet, and a tech walk into an exam room: Liquid biopsy in practice


Just about every vet has been asked at some point: “Isn’t there a blood test for cancer?”. Until recently the answer, unfortunately, was “No”; but the introduction of next-generation sequencing-based liquid biopsy testing has changed the conversation about cancer detection in dogs. This session will review the fundamentals of blood-based liquid biopsy testing, clinical performance data from real-world use of the test, and how to interpret results in the context of the patient’s clinical presentation. A series of thought-provoking case studies will be presented, along with a discussion of how liquid biopsy can be implemented into a hospital workflow from the perspective of the ordering clinician.


Friday, June 9, 2023
11:30 am – 12:20 am PT


Todd A. Cohen, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)


Is it cancer?  Use of a blood test to aid in the diagnosis of cancer in dogs


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 session will review a novel tool in the clinician’s toolbox – liquid biopsy – a test that evaluates a blood sample for the presence of circulating tumor DNA which indicates the current presence of cancer in the body. This session will review 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.


June 9
June 12
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California Veterinary Medical Association
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Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802 United States
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Join the Revolution in Early Cancer Detection for Dogs

If you are ready to add the OncoK9 multi-cancer early detection test to your veterinary practice, we would love to hear from you.