Cally, a 14-year-old, spayed female, domestic shorthair cat, presented to the Oncology Service at HopeVS for consultation for recently diagnosed gastrointestinal large cell lymphoma. Cally had a 1-month history of weight loss and progressively worsening appetite. She also had 2-3 days of hematemesis and pica.

Pain Vacation: A Case Study
Odin is a 6-year-old, neutered, male Great Dane who presents for ongoing management of a presumed osteosarcoma of the left distal tibia.  He is systemically healthy and the primary complaint is related to pain, swelling, and lameness in this limb.  At this time, his owners are interested in pursuing alternatives to amputation for controlling Odin's pain.  Five months ago he received a single fraction of Cyberknife therapy to this lesion and has since been treated with chemotherapy and pamidronate.  He initially did well with a special brace for support of this limb, but recently has become too painful to tolerate the brace and his mobility has significantly decreased. 

Riedel & Cody Fund
The Riedel and Cody Fund has already helped hundreds of pets and pet parents around the country. This 501(c)3 organization enables pets whose owners cannot afford cancer therapy to receive treatment. But  Riedel and Cody can't do this without our help. Please consider making a donation to the Fund. They guarantee that at a minimum 90% of your donation will be used to treat pets in need as administrative costs are generously covered by Riedel and Cody Fund co-founder Mark Tillinger.

Animal-Rights Groups Dog Cancer Research 
Dogs have long been recognized as man's best friend. But a new cancer study confirms that canines offer humans a lot more than companionship.
Scientists just identified new genes that may predispose humans to lymphoma, a common blood-borne cancer. They arrived at this discovery by studying naturally occurring lymphoma tumors in golden retrievers, cocker spaniels and boxers. The research could yield new treatments for humans with lymphoma.

2016 Partners in Education Schedule
We thought we would start the New Year off with a little house cleaning for our practices. Are your clients exposed to clutter as soon as they walk in to your practice? Do you have papers and post it notes on every surface possible? Have you been going through the motions because "that is the way we've always done it" without really challenging to question if its the most efficient way to do something? I think we can say we are all guilty of this in our practices! Well it's time for a fresh approach to creating a more organized and efficient practice for 2016.

LEAN- What Is It and How Can It Help Your Practice? 
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care (CE),
Medical Director, New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Thursday February 25, 2016 6:30pm

"Lean" can be defined as an organized war on waste that is driven by the pull of the customer. Lean tools have been used in a variety of organizations from manufacturing to human healthcare. See what opportunities exist for your practice.
Pending approval for 1.5 hours CE credit from the PVMA. 


Oncology Symposium 

Sunday March 13, 2016
Hamilton Kitchen and Bar
Allentown, PA 

Keynote Speaker:   Philip J. Bergman DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology) 
Director, Clinical Studies, VCA
Oncologist, Katonah-Bedford Veterinary Center

Craig Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Siobhan Haney, VMD, MS, DACVR (RO)
Christine Mullin, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology)  
Kate Vickery, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), CVA

Join us "Family Style" at the Hamilton Kitchen and Bar for the 2016 Hope VS Oncology Symposium in downtown Allentown on March 13. We've invited Dr. Phil Bergman, Oncology Specialist at Katonah-Bedford Veterinary Center and Director of Clinical Studies for VCA. Dr. Bergman, in partnership with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Merial developed Oncept, the first commercially available vaccine for the treatment of canine melanoma, one of the most common and aggressive forms of cancer in dogs. 

Hope Sponsored Webinar Series


JANUARY 20TH : Lymphoma: Can We Start Using the Word CURE?
Presented by:  Craig Clifford, DVM, MS, DACVIM

FEBRUARY 17th: Multi-Drug Resistant Skin Infections
Presented by:  Kevin Shanley, DVM, DACVD

MARCH 16th: External Coaptation: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Successful Bandaging
Presented by:  Steve Mehler, DVM, DACVS

APRIL 13th: Diagnosis and Treatment of Feline Heart Disease and Heart Failure
Presented by:  Dennis Burkett, VMD, PhD, DACVECC, DACVIM (Cardiology)

MAY 11th: Sick Oncology Cases in the ER
Presented by:  Kim Slensky, DVM, DACVECC

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