Feline Oncology

24 - 28 June 2024 | Xian, 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
Sunday, 23 June 2024 (Day 0), Dr. Schmidt [recorded videos, translated into Chinese]English-speaking participants will be given access to the online recordings before the start of the course. It is not
necessary for English-speaking participants to attend day 0.

Feline cancer epidemiology 
Tumour biology and etiology of cancer in feline patients
Diagnostic approach to the feline cancer patient
Lunch Break
Chemotherapy & radiotherapy principles and practice
Important chemo drugs for feline cancer patient

Monday, 24 June 2024

Q&A on day 0 topics (Dr. Schmidt)      
Feline skin tumours: a short overview (Dr. Schmidt)
Principles of Feline Tumor Cytology (Dr. Schmidt)
Lunch Break
Cytology CASES [independent study in groups (tablets)] (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline mast cell tumours & haemangiosarcomas (Dr. Schmidt)

Tuesday, 25 June 2024

Feline lymphoma: diagnosis & treatment strategies (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline lymphoma: case management (Dr. Schmidt)
Lunch Break
Feline cutaneous lymphoma (Dr. Schmidt)
Overview: feline leukaemias, plasma cell tumours & histiocytic disorders (Dr. Schmidt)

Wednesday, 26 June 2024

How do you take good biopsies & Principles of oncologic surgery & reconstructive surgery in the feline cancer patient (Prof. Selmic)
Supportive & palliative care for feline cancer patients (Prof. Selmic)
Recognition and management of pain in feline cancer patients (Prof. Selmic)
Lunch Break
CASE-BASED: Feline UV-light induced squamous cell carcinoma & Bowen’s disease (Prof. Selmic)
CASE MANAGEMENT: Feline soft-tissue sarcomas (Prof. Selmic)
Feline bone tumours (Prof. Selmic)

Thursday, 27 June 2024

Feline mammary tumours (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline endocrine tumours I (Dr. Schmidt)
Lunch Break
CASE-BASED: feline oral, salivary, gastrointestinal, hepatic and anal sac tumours (excl. intestinal LSA) (Prof. Selmic)

Friday, 28 June 2024

Tumours of the upper feline respiratory tract (Dr. Schmidt)
Feline lung tumours and thymomas (Prof. Selmic)
Lunch Break
CASE-BASED: Feline genitourinary tract tumours (excl. LSA) (Prof. Selmic)
Feline endocrine tumours II (Prof. Selmic)
Closing & certificates (Dr. Schmidt and Prof. Selmic)

Course Masters

Dr. Jarno Schmidt


Hofheim, Germany

Prof. Laura Selmic

BVetMed (Hons), MPH, DACVS-SA, MRCVS ACVS Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology

Ohio, 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: 24 March 2024)

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

    Early registration: Euro 1.800,-

    (Deadline for FULL early registration payment: 24 March 2024)

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: 24 March 2024)

Enroll now.

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