Professor Nick Bacon appointed to new WSAVA committee supporting oncology in veterinary practice globally

Clinical Director Professor Nick Bacon has been appointed by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WASVA) to a new committee whose aim is to raise awareness of the latest thinking in cancer therapy and promote best practice globally.

Cancer is common in pets with almost 50% of dogs over 10 years of age developing the devastating disease, and the practice of veterinary oncology is rapidly developing.

Called the WSAVA Oncology Working Group, its recently appointed team of expert members is starting to work on the development of a set of easy-to-use, accessible Global Guidelines for veterinary oncology practice. While they are in development, the WSAVA Oncology Working Group will create practical, user-friendly tools for use by veterinarians to enhance standards of treatment and educate owners about cancer in pets.

Professor Nick Bacon is one of seven members of the new Oncology Working Group and it includes specialists from around the world.

  • WSAVA Past President Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn, past president of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology, and avid international pet cancer advocate.
  • Argentinian veterinarian and oncology specialist Dr. Martin Soberano, who is based in Mexico City. Dr. Soberano pioneered veterinary oncology in Latin America and is the founder and president of the Latin American Veterinary Oncology Society.
  • Dr. Nick Bacon: A RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Oncology) and a European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Oncology), Dr. Bacon is Clinical Director, Oncologic & Soft Tissue Surgery at Fitzpatrick Referrals, UK.
  • Dr. Pachi Clemente-Vicario: A Diplomate in Oncology and Small Animal Internal Medicine from ACVIM, Dr. Clemente-Vicario works at La Merced Veterinary Oncology in Alicante, Spain.
  • Dr. Antonio Guiliano, Hong Kong: A Board-Certified Oncologist with ECVIM, Dr. Guiliano works at CityU VMC in Hong Kong as a Specialist in Oncology.
  • Dr. Ann Hohenhaus: A Diplomate in Oncology and Small Animal Internal Medicine from ACVIM, Dr. Hohenhaus is Staff Doctor, Oncology, Animal Medical Center, New York, USA.
  • Dr. Natalia Ignatenko: Dr. Ignatenko completed her residency at the Department of Oncology Centre for Clinical Veterinary Medicine, LMU Munich, Germany, in 2017.
Vets appointed to the WSAVA's new Oncology Working Group

The seven oncology vets appointed to the WSAVA’s new Oncology Working Group.

The WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 115 member associations and works to enhance standards of clinical care for companion animals. Its core activities include the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice, including nutrition, pain management and vaccination, together with lobbying on important issues affecting companion animal care worldwide.

Read WSAVA’s press release

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