Feline Oncology

5 - 10 November 2023 | Shenzhen, China

General Overview

Oncology has become one of the fastest growing fields in small animal practice, as clients and veterinarians are becoming increasingly open-minded about treating pets with cancer. The adage „cats are not small dogs“ holds true especially in oncology. Etiology, incidence, clinical symptoms, tumour biology, treatment and prognosis of feline cancer often differ significantly from that of dogs.
Unfortunately for feline practitioners, most small animal seminars are heavily biased towards canine medicine with cats not getting their fair share.

“Feline Oncology” is specifically designed to provide feline practitioners with the “A to Z” of cancer in cats. It will start with the diagnostic approach to the feline cancer patient, including biopsy taking, staging procedures, diagnostic imaging options as well as practical cytology sessions. There will be a detailed discussion of the most common feline tumours in clinical practice. A major emphasis will be on interactive and case oriented work using a systematic approach to the feline cancer patient including recognizing symptoms, interpreting imaging findings and choosing staging tests. Further, there will be a comprehensive discussion of cancer treatment options and on formulating suitable therapeutic plans.

This course is ideal for veterinarians with little or no previous knowledge in veterinary oncology, but also highly suitable for feline practitioners, who want to deepen their understanding of feline oncology and get up-to-date with the current state of clinical research. Major topics of feline oncology will also be covered in Oncology I-III, but the Feline Oncology course details feline tumour in significantly greater detail.

ESAVS oncology is a comprehensive study program consisting of currently 5 one-week modules. Further, there are 2 additional stand-alone and/or intensive courses on specific topics available (Feline Oncology & Master Class in Medical Oncology (in planning)) that can also be attended alone and independently of the other 5 modules.


Feline Oncology includes the following topics (preliminary):

  • Etiology, epidemiology and tumour biology in cats
  • Diagnostic imaging and tumour staging methods
  • Biopsy techniques & tumour cytology
  • Principles of surgical oncology including reconstruction in oncologic surgery
  • Principles of chemotherapy & radiation oncology
  • Cutaneous neoplasms
  • Lymphoma & other haematopoietic tumours
  • Tumours of the respiratory tract
  • Urinary tract tumours & mammary tumours
  • Tumours of the skeletal system
  • Oral, gastrointestinal & hepatosplenic tumours
  • Important feline endocrine tumours
  • Interactive case management


All modules will be held in China, in the English language with consecutive translations in Chinese.

CPD Hours: 40

Tuition Fee: 1.400 - 2.200 EUR

Course Language: English with consecutive translation in Chinese

Preliminary Full Program (Click to Open)
5th November 2023 (Day 0), Dr. Schmidt [recorded videos]

180 min 

Feline cancer epidemiology 
Tumour biology and etiology of cancer in feline patients

Diagnostic approach to the feline cancer patient

Lunch Break

240 min 

Chemotherapy & radiotherapy principles and practice
Important chemo drugs for feline cancer

6th November 2023, Dr. Schmidt

30 min (starting at 8:00)   

Q&A on day 0 topics 

180 min               

Feline skin tumours: a short overview
Principles of Feline Tumor Cytology

Lunch Break

240 min

Cytology CASES [independent study in groups (tablets)]
Feline lymphoma: overview and diagnosis

7th November 2023, Dr. Schmidt

180 min (starting at 9:00)

Feline lymphoma: treatment strategies
Feline lymphoma: case management

Lunch Break

240 min

Feline lymphoma: case management continued… 
Short overview: feline leukaemias, plasma cell tumours, histiocytic disorders
CASE-BASED: Feline mast cell tumours & haemangiosarcomas

8th November 2023, Prof. Lapsley

60 (120) min

How do you take good biopsies & Principles of oncologic surgery & reconstructive surgery in the feline cancer patient

 30 (60) min

Supportive & palliative care for feline cancer patients 
Recognition and management of pain in feline cancer patients

Lunch Break

30 (60) min

CASE-BASED: Feline UV-light induced squamous cell carcinoma & Bowen’s disease

60 (120) min

CASE MANAGEMENT: Feline soft-tissue sarcomas

30 (60) min

Feline bone tumours 

9th November 2023, Dr. Schmidt, Prof. Lapsley

30 (60) min

Feline mammary tumours (Dr. Schmidt)

60 (120) min

Tumours the feline respiratory tract (Dr. Schmidt)

Lunch Break

120 (240) min

CASE-BASED: feline oral, salivary, gastrointestinal, hepatic and anal sac tumours (excl. intestinal LSA) (Prof. Lapsley)

10th November 2023, Dr. Schmidt, Prof. Lapsley

45 (90) min

CASE-BASED: important feline endocrine tumours I (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline thyroid & parathyroid tumours (Dr. Schmidt)

45 (90) min

Feline genitourinary tract tumours (excl. LSA) (Prof. Lapsley)

Lunch Break

90 (180) min

CASE-BASED: important feline endocrine tumours II (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline insulinoma (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline acromegaly (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline hyperaldosteronism (Dr. Schmidt)

30 (60) min

Closing & Certificates (Dr. Schmidt & Prof. Lapsley)

Course Masters

Dr. Jarno Schmidt


Hofheim, Germany

Prof. Dr. Janis Lapsley


The Ohio State University, USA

Registration and Fees

Discount tuition fee for Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Pakistan, Lebanon and Vietnam: EURO 1.500,–

    Early registration: Euro 1.400,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 6 August 2023)

Discount tuition fee for Macao, South Korea and Taiwan: EURO 1.900,–

    Early registration: Euro 1.800,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 6 August 2023)

Tuition fee for Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Canada, USA and Japan: EURO 2.300,–

    Early registration: Euro 2.200,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 6 August 2023)

Enroll now.

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