5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

The ABCs of Early Cancer Detection: Aspirates, Biopsies and Cytology

Friday, December 1
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Location: Royal Palm Ballroom Salon 2


Most skin and subcutaneous tumors can be cured with surgery alone if diagnosed early when tumors are small. To do this we need to identify and diagnose skin and superficial masses with aspirates and biopsies when they are more treatable. See Something, Do Something. Why Wait? Aspirate® is a cancer awareness program to do just that. In this talk, we will cover practical cytology tips you can use when you are aspirating, looking at slides in house, and reviewing cytology reports. We will also discuss how to get good aspirates and when to biopsy a mass instead of aspirates.

Sue Ettinger

Staff Oncologist
Veterinary Cancer Center and Dr Sue Cancer Vet PLLC

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author and vlogger (video blogger). She is one of approximately 400 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America, and is currently at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She received her veterinary training at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency in medical oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2003. She has recently receivedthe VCA Woof Pack Award for Exceptional Doctor Performance and the Public Relations Achievement Award. Also known as Dr Sue Cancer Vet®, Dr. Sue is the co-author of the Second Edition of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide, which is a best-selling book in small animal health for the last several years. She is a frequent contributor to Today’s Veterinary Practice, Today’s Veterinary Business, Clinician’s Brief, Veterinary Team Brief and DVM360. She has also cohosted the podcast "The Pet Cancer Vet." Dr. Sue is most passionate about raising cancer awareness, and she has developed “See Something, Do Something, Why Wait? Aspirate.®” to promote early cancer detection and diagnosis. Dr Sue’s popular Facebook page has more than 35,000 fans. She can also be found on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, helping clients and veterinary professionals deal with cancer in pets.


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