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New Canine Cancer Vaccine Introduced To Veterinary Technicians

Veterinary Community Gathers to Discuss the Latest Medical Advances at the 2008 ACVIM Forum

SAN ANTONIO, Texas Veterinary Technicians from across the globe will have the opportunity to learn the benefits, side effects, and administration of the new canine oral melanoma vaccine in a comprehensive continuing education session held during the 2008 ACVIM Forum, June 4 7, 2008.

Canine Oral Melanoma: Xenogenic DNA Vaccine, presented by Rosemary Calderon, LVT, an Oncology technician at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York, will outline how the vaccine fits into the management of melanoma in both dogs and humans.

"Even though the diseases are very different (in dogs and people), in terms of tumor location, they are very similar in that they are usually very aggressive and highly metastatic in both species," said Calderon, who was involved in the melanoma vaccine development and initial testing. "Melanomas have also been shown to respond to immunogenic therapy in both species."

The canine melanoma vaccine was tested at the AMC in dogs with spontaneous cancer (not artificially manufactured) to bridge the trial to the human sector. The vaccine tricks the body into seeing cancer as foreign and the body then acts to eliminate it. Because humans and dogs both develop cancer in the same way, trials in both species can eventually provide improved cancer treatment for all.

Calderon's presentation is just one of the over 35 scientific sessions created specifically for veterinary technicians.

"For any patient undergoing treatment for cancer, whether it is chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or the melanoma vaccine, it is important for the Veterinary Technician to be able to discuss the treatments with the clients to help them understand the protocol and potential side effects," said Calderon.

Other presentations at both the general and specialist level include a four hour track devoted entirely to equine topics, and sessions on chocolate toxicity, blood transfusion medicine, and control of common zoonoses in small animals.

The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is the national certifying organization for veterinary specialists in large and small animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, and oncology. The ACVIM hosts an annual continuing education meeting (ACVIM Forum) each year where cutting-edge information, technology, and research abstracts are showcased for the veterinary community. For more information, including an online program, please visit


Jenn Armbruster

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