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The Quality of our Relationships Determines the Success of our Mission

We focus every day on supporting the needs of our Clients, Animal Patients, Referring Vets and Employees. We also invest in relationships with others in the fight against animal cancer – vendors, industry organizations, academia and charitable groups. Enjoy learning here about some of the ways we nurture these valuable relationships.

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Events

Driven by our responsibility and privilege to support the sharing of knowledge, experience, and camaraderie with oncology specialists throughout the world, we are pleased to sponsor three very important industry events in 2023. 

ACVIM Forum

ACCC was a proud sponsor of the 2023 ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) Forum in Philadelphia, held on June 15-17, 2023. The world’s largest veterinary specialty organization, ACVIM provides veterinary specialist accreditation in five areas, including oncology. The Forum serves as a premier platform for sharing advancements and research in veterinary internal medicine, ultimately enhancing clinical practice and animal health.

As the sponsor of the full day of oncology seminars at the Forum, we brought a special guest, Dr. Renee Alsarraf, an esteemed veterinary oncologist and author of Sit, Stay, Heal: What Dogs Teach Us About Living Well. Her poignant story of her and her dog’s simultaneous cancer diagnosis and treatment moved us, and we were pleased to provide the book to all oncologists in attendance. We also hosted a private dinner where Dr. Alsarraf and other veterinary oncologists and professionals could relax, connect, and share.

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VCS Annual Conference

The Annual Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) Conference gathers specialty veterinary professionals dedicated to advancing the field of oncology via research and collaboration. Their annual conference offers lectures, workshops, and exhibits to advance diagnostic techniques, treatments, and trends in veterinary cancer management.

ACCC was honored to be a sponsor of the 2023 event on October 12-14 in Reno, Nevada. Many of our doctors, nurses, and technicians were in attendance. We brought special guest Dr. Renee Alsarraf, author of Sit, Stay, Heal: What Dogs Teach Us About Living Well, (see ACVIM Event), for a book signing. We are grateful for these opportunities to connect and share with fellow oncologists within our industry.

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ACVS Summit

The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) holds an annual Summit conference to bring together leading veterinary surgeons, specialists, and researchers. Because surgery is critical in the treatment of so many cancers, we support the advances in surgical techniques, technology, and practices that ACVS facilitates.

ACCC was pleased to be a sponsor of the 2023 Summit in Louisville, Kentucky on October 12-14, 2023. We were proud to have participated in this important event to remain current on the latest medical developments in veterinary medicine.

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Webinars

HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THE CANCER DIAGNOSIS

Save the dates for the 2024 ACCC Webinar Series:

*Sessions are on Tuesdays and begin promptly at 7 PM

  • June 18: The Five Most Commonly Asked Questions of Our Surgical Team by ACCC’s Tammi Ruddle, DVM, Board-Certified in Surgery, and Robin Holtsinger, DVM, Board-Certified in Surgery. Register here.
  • July 16: Bone Tumors: Surgery Is Not Feasible or Desired, So What’s Next? by ACCC’s Jarred Lyons, DVM, Board-Certified in Radiation Oncology. Register here.
  • August 20: The Cough That Broke the Camel’s Back: Canine Pulmonary Carcinoma by ACCC’s Ashlyn Williams, DVM, Practice Limited to Oncology. Register here.
  • September 17: Updates on Immunotherapy by Esther Chon, DVM, DACVIM, Board Certified in Oncology, Merck Animal Health. Register here.

If you missed any of our 2023 ACCC Webinar sessions, the links to recordings of each of the four lectures delivered are available below. Thanks to the hundreds of primary care veterinarians across the country who participated.

Thank you to Merck for being our sponsor!

blogs

What is that Bump on My Pet’s Eyelid?

Benign masses called “meibomian gland adenomas,” which originate from normal glands on the eyelids, are the most commonly diagnosed mass on the eyelid in dogs. The second most common type of mass found on the eyelid contains melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment. Approximately 67 to 82% of these masses are benign, and 13-37% are malignant melanomas (skin cancer). Eyelid melanoma in cats is rare; therefore, little research is available. Pigmented masses on the inner eye tissue or conjunctiva are usually more aggressive melanomas. The first treatment of choice in these cases is surgery with cryotherapy (freezing of the tissue).

Understanding Leukemia

Hearing a cancer diagnosis for your pet can be scary and confusing. Therefore, understanding the terms and the science behind various types of cancer can go a long way in creating HOPE and an ability to make informed decisions about treatment options. In this blog, we will be discussing leukemia, which is a cancer that attacks the immune system’s white blood cells. When the various types of cells within the immune system begin to divide out of control, they become leukemia. Traditionally, this type of cancer is located in the bone marrow or blood and results in the overproduction of white blood cells. The bone marrow is unable to produce healthy cells due to the presence of the cancerous cells overcrowding the marrow.

Credentials Matter

In addition to completing four years at a veterinary medical school to become DMVs, our Veterinary Oncology Specialists (Diplomates) – the largest team of oncology specialists in the nation – have completed an additional four to six years of education and experiences to establish expertise in distinct areas of oncology. Most of our doctors are “board-certified,” which requires extensive training and course caseload, published research, at least one year of internship experience, and three to five years of hospital residency focusing on a specific specialty. A rigorous exam must be passed for certification. These professionals have then reached the pinnacle of veterinarian achievement in training and are considered “Diplomates” as recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association Board of Veterinary Specialties.