118.753 Canine and Feline Oncology (15 credit)

Lecturer: Peter Bennett BVSc DipACVIM(small animal internal medicine) DipACVIM(oncology) FACVSc(canine medicine)

Extend your knowledge with Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine (MVM) Oncology course which offers a practical approach to managing canine and feline patients. Update yourself in this rapidly advancing field.

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

  • diagnosis and management of canine and feline neoplastic diseases how initial approach can influence outcome.
  • the options for pets with a wide variety of cancers: Chemotherapy, surgical management, radiation therapy and an introduction to newer therapeutic options
  • how to guide clients through treatment decisions and options.
  • how to individualise patient care to suit concurrent conditions and the response to therapy the holistic approach

How the course works

This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by a recognised international expert in his field

  • Purpose written course notes authored by your course lecturer, will introduce you to important publications in the field of oncology. No textbook required!
  • Interactive case material, reflective activities and class discussion of cases are provided through our online classroom.

Your lecturer

Peter Bennett has specialist qualifications in small animal medicine in both Australia and the USA and additional specialist qualifications in Oncology. He is one of only a few specialists in this field in Australasia. He is currently Clinical Specialist in oncology and small animal medicine at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney University. As well as being rich in clinical experience, Peter is an experienced distance educator and examiner.

 Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Lecturer-authored notes
  • Study guide
  • Case-based activities
  • Electronic library access
  • 3 day workshop: face-to-face as well as streamed online  

Learning community

  • Online case discussion facilitated
  • Social forum


  • Online case assessments
  • Case report assignment
  • Paper-based exam in a centre near you

Course requirements

  • Internet access
  • Textbook: there is no textbook for this course

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2019 are NZ$6746.  Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZD$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.


contact workshop (contact course)

The contact workshop for Canine and Feline Oncology will run alongside those for the Canine and Feline Emergency Medicine and Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery courses.

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2017
Course start 26 February 2018
Exam period 29 October – 14 November 2018
Course end 14 November 2018

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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Massey University

In 2018 Massey University celebrated 55 years of veterinary education.

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