2019 MVMA Spring Seminar

Practical Tips and Tricks for Cancer Patients in Your Practice
Puppy on shoulder

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Sue Cancer Vet PLLC 

Thursday, April 4, 2019
9:00 am-4:30 pm

Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
Minneapolis, MN

Webinar Option is Sold Out!

This program has been approved for 7.0 hours of continuing education credits
in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.


Dr. Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology) 

Dr. Sue Cancer Vet PLLC

Dr. Sue Ettinger is a practicing veterinary cancer specialist, international speaker, book author, podcaster, vlogger (video blogger). She is one of approximately 400 board-certified specialists in medical oncology in North America. 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 NYC in 2003. She has recently received awards for Exceptional Doctor Performance and Public Relations Achievement. 
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, & DVM360. She also has co-hosted 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 over 36,000 fans. She can also be found on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube helping clients and veterinary professionals deal with cancer in pets.


Got cancer questions? Whether it is the common tumors you deal with every day in practice, your FAQ about chemotherapy and side effects, or breaking bad news to clients, Dr Sue will cover it all (well most of it!) Dr. Sue’s talks will provide practical tips and tricks you can use tomorrow when you go back to work. We all hate cancer but come learn tips and tricks to diagnose and manage cancer cases in your practice.

8:00 am-9:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am-10:30 am
Cancer Cliff Notes for Dogs and Cats: 7 Cancers, What You Need to Know

You have just made the diagnosis for cancer in your patient. Now, what do you tell the client? 

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Describe seven (7) common cancers in dogs and cats
  • Discuss diagnostics, treatment options, survival times with and without treatment, supportive care options and prognosis with clients.

10:30 am-10:45 am-Break

 10:45 am-12:15 pm
How To Be A Rock Star With Cancer Patients In Your Practice

Chemotherapy can be very well tolerated in dogs and cats.  Whether you refer your cancer cases to a specialist or manage them in your practice, this lecture will cover the ways to improve the chemotherapy experience.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Explain guidelines for preventing and managing chemotherapy side effects.
  • Interpret blood work before and after chemotherapy
  • Describe when and how to use antibiotics
  • Discuss chemotherapy safety tips for your staff, patients and clients.

12:15 pm-1:15 pm-Lunch

1:15 pm-2:45 pm
Osteosarcoma Survival Guide 

You found the bone lesion. Now what?

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • List practical tips for working up osteosarcoma in dogs.
  • Describe which staging tests to do (and what to skip).
  • Discuss statistics and treatment options with owners.
  • Explore new breakthrough treatments including OSA immunotherapy vaccines.


2:45 pm-3:00 pm-Break

3:00 pm-4:30 pm
How To Break Bad News Better

When we tell a client their pet has cancer, it is like dropping a bomb. No one likes to break bad news, but it is a complex communication skill that you will have to do thousands of times.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify and address cancer communication challenges for you and your client.
  • Draw upon practical communication strategies the next time you have to break bad news.


Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Minneapolis Ballroom
Click here for a special MVMA rate


Early-bird registration fee 
(before February 21, 2019)


Regular Registration fees
(between February 21-March 21 2019)

MVMA Member  $185 MVMA Member / Out of State Veterinarian $210
MVMA Life / Inactive Member $120 MVMA Life / Inactive Member $145
Technician / Staff / Other $115 Technician / Staff / Other $130
Non-member Veterinarian $235 Non-Member Veterinarian $260
MVMA Affiliate Member $100 MVMA Affiliate Member $115
DVM Student $80 DVM Student $95

If space is still available after March 21, 2019, prices will increase by $50


  • Breaks and lunch are provided to onsite attendees. Email ([email protected]) or call (651-645-7533) the MVMA if you have dietary accommodations.
  • Handouts are provided to all participants.
  • Registration changes (onsite to online) must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Changes are a $40 administrative fee.
  • Registration cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the seminar. Cancellation refund less a 10% administrative fee.


Attend the MVMA Spring Seminar on Thursday, April 4th beginning at 9:00 am CDT, from anywhere you have an internet connection! Simply choose the “webinar” option during registration. The morning of the seminar you will be emailed the secure link to attend. Only the registrant has access with this link, and he/she must sign-in with his/her name and email address as it is monitored for attendance. The registered webinar attendee is also the only one eligible for the CE credits. The webinar is only available during the live presentation; it will not be offered later.

What will you experience: Once you have accessed the webinar your computer screen will be dominated with a direct-feed PowerPoint for clarity of viewing, plus the audio of the presenters as the slides automatically advance on your screen. A small video window on the side of your screen will show the presenting. The live Q&A session will be simulcast also and you will be able to send questions from your screen options if you wish.