Practical Nursing of the Cancer Patient – Making a Difference

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About the course

Cancer is a common cause of death and illness in older pets. Up to one-in-four cats and dogs over eight years old will die from it, and many more pets live with chronic cancer conditions. Therefore veterinary nurses in all types of practice are seeing cancer patients daily. Whether or not they consider themselves be oncology nurses: everyone is an oncology nurse!

VNs are perfectly placed to provide key aspects of patient care, as well as being the primary liaison between veterinary surgeons and the pet’s family. This hands-on course, involving practical sessions, will give you the skills and confidence to tackle these rewarding cases. The session will begin with a brief overview of oncology diagnostics and treatment protocols before moving on to cover the safe administration of chemotherapy. We will also discuss the other key elements of oncology nursing: pain management, nutritional needs of cancer patients, management of treatment side-effects, owner support, maintenance of quality of life and the human-animal bond.


  • Cancer diagnostics and treatment options
  • Chemotherapy administration and care of cancer patients both as inpatients and outpatients.
  • Chemotherapy safety – including practical session on gowning, gloving and safety protocols
  • Owner advice and education
  • Palliative care options – managing pain, assessment of quality of life, nutrition and dealing with “the whole patient”, including concurrent conditions
  • Oncology nurse clinics – wellness clinics aimed at ensuring long-term quality of life.

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