This course is intended primarily for veterinarians, biologists, or physicians seeking to learn about electroporation and electrochemotherapy in oncology. The content of the course is specially selected for clinical veterinarians, researchers and veterinarians who specialize in veterinary oncology in small and large animals.
Therapeutic tools in veterinary oncology advance day by day and continuous training is needed for the proper performance of the veterinarian oncologist. The goal, contents and training of this course, provide the tools to the students to be able to provide a veterinary health service according to what society demands nowadays, knowing the modern treatment tools and focusing on electroporation and electrochemotherapy as part of the most advanced therapies that are available in the world.
The approach consists of a theoretical introduction to the topic that includes a discussion of scientific work, reviews and clinical cases, in which specific concepts will be exposed, encouraging debate on the issues raised.
This course is the only one in Latin America that has the endorsement of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in Argentina and the International Society for Electroporation-Based Technologies and Treatments (ISEBTT).
It is organized and directed by Dr Guillermo Marshall, Dr Matías Tellado and Dr Felipe Maglietti.
Aims of the course
The participants will:
- acquire the knowledge and skills needed to prescribe and perform electrochemotherapy correctly and efficiently in the veterinary setting.
- learn the basic principles of electricity needed to understand how an effective electric field is produced to electroporate tissues.
- deepen the knowledge and the physical-chemical foundations that underlie the tissue electroporation technique.
- know the main highlights of the presentation, epidemiology, carcinogenesis, diagnosis, biological behaviour and treatment of neoplasms frequently treated with electrochemotherapy in veterinary medicine.
- study leading scientific articles, book chapters, and notes related to electrochemotherapy in order to gain independence in the field.
- incorporate key concepts for reading and interpreting scientific articles in oncology.
Methodology and learning strategy
The course consists of 7 modules, covering the topics of the subject. Each chapter takes one week and consists of approximately 150 minutes of online classes. At the end of each module, the participant must answer a brief evaluation to verify that they have incorporated the basic knowledge of each one.
At the end of each week, the participants will have a live meeting where practical topics will be discussed, where they will be able to ask questions and will deepen aspects that need more detail.
Hands-on sessions will be carried out in a virtual classroom, where candidate patients for electrochemotherapy will be evaluated, and live treatments will be carried out on real patients. The duration of the virtual hands-on is 120 minutes once a week.