Supportive Care for Cancer Patients for Nurses
Current statistics suggest that 1 in 2 pets will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Veterinary Oncology is a field that is quickly expanding with treatments for these patients and a cancer diagnosis does not always carry a poor prognosis. Whilst the treatment of a pet's cancer is important for their quality of life, the supportive care they also receive can be just as vital. We will discuss practical nursing care, specific treatment-related care that you may need to perform as well as some of the more common supportive drugs that we use to help our patients with cancer feel the best they can.
This program has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval.
The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated (1) AVNAT CPD point to this continuing education activity.
Recording from 29 June 2023
Penny Thomas, BVSc Hons1 MANZCVS FANZCVS
Dr Penny Thomas graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 and initially spent time in mixed practice in the NSW Hunter Valley. She went on to undergo her internship and residency training at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney. During the course of her training she spent time at Colorado State University, The Animal Health Trust in the UK, University of Madison Wisconsin and time in the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney. She obtained her memberships in Small Animal Medicine from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2015.
She became a Fellow of the college in 2019 and is a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Oncology. She has recently undergone postgraduate study in Psychology and has helped mentor many recent graduate veterinarians. Penny has a passion for providing educational materials and mentorship to her fellow veterinarians, and veterinary nurses and believes that the patients quality of life is by far the most important part of cancer treatment.