Jump to content

Seminar: Cancer in Dogs


Event details

Westie Foundation of America Education Seminar

Thursday, October 4, 2007 – 5:30 pm

Dealing with cancer in dogs: what cancer means to you and your Westie

John L. Robertson VMD PhD

Director of the Center for Comparative Oncology

VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

This presentation will provide a very basic and informal overview of how cancer develops, how it is detected, current methods for treatment, and some exciting prospects for controlling and eliminating it in the near future. A specific discussion of bladder cancer in Westies and other short-statured Scottish terriers (Scotties and Cairns) will be used to illustrate what owners and breeders need to consider when dealing with a dog that has cancer. The importance of breeding, diet and medical care in relation to cancer will be part of this discussion. Questions will not only be welcomed, they will be expected!

Biographical sketch for John L. Robertson

John Robertson received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania (UP) in 1976 and his doctorate in pathology from UP in 1977. After a 13-year career in the pharmaceutical industry, helping develop new drugs for people and animals, he joined the faculty at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM). In 2002, he was named the founding Director of the Center for Comparative Oncology www.vetmed.vt.edu/CeCO/ , an academic center devoted solely to the study of cancer in animals and people. The goals of this center for translational medical research are to identify similarities and differences in the growth of tumors in all species, find new ways to detect and treat these tumors, and to seek fundamental changes in the genome that are the basis for all tumors.

John lives with his wife Susan, two dogs, twelve cats, two ducks and six geese on 27 beautiful acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He recognizes that it is his purpose in life to use his energies and knowledge to fight cancer.

~ Dinner Buffet Menu ~

Meatloaf with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Breast of Chicken with Orange & Green Peppercorn Sauce

Long Grain & Wild Rice with Herbs and Creme Sherry

Teriyaki Autumn Vegetable Stir Fry

Caesar Salad Rolls & Butter

~ Dessert Buffet ~

Apple Crisp and Double Chocolate Brownies

Coffee, Decaf, Hot Tea

Bottled Water, Assorted Soft Drinks

For More Information Contact

Ann Marie Holowathy



Price: $15.00 (prepaid by 9/22) or $17.00 (at the door)

Download registration form from www.westieclubamerica.com

For directions go to www.westieclubamerica.com or www.freedomsfoundation.com/directions.asp

Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Join the conversation

You can post now and register after. Your post will display after you confirm registration. If you already have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • A meeting place and
    online scrapbook for
    Cairn Terrier fanciers.



  • All posts are the opinion and
    responsibility of the poster.
  • Post content © the author.
  • Create New...

Important Information

Site Guidelines | We put cookies on your device to help this website work better for you. You can adjust your cookie settings; otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.