Below are some of the lectures at the EVDF.
Surgery is the primary treatment for most oral tumours in humans and dogs and cats (Omura K, 2014). Modern diagnostic imaging technology such as CT scan and MRI has enabled us to better evaluate the local, regional and distant extent of disease and to better plan surgery. Nevertheless, oral tumours in dogs and cats are often first discovered, or referred, late. Despite the progress made in adjunct therapy (radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy), wide/radical resection of bone and soft tissue is often required.
Maxillofacial ablative oncologic surgery is a challenge as the tumour has to be resected with clean margin while preserving oral function as much as possible. Cosmetics (restoration of form) is less of a concern in dogs and cats compared to that in humans, though acceptance of the surgery by the owner may be strongly influenced by post-operative appearance. The risk for the surgeon is the fear of not being able to close the surgical defect in a functional and/or cosmetic manner. Having this concern in mind while performing the surgery will negatively affect the extent of the ablation and increase the risk of relapse. As the veterinary surgeon is most of the time both the maxillofacial surgeon making the resective surgery and the plastic surgeon performing the reconstructive surgery, knowledge of surgical techniques enabling to close large hard and soft tissue defects is mandatory in order to achieve the best results.
Intermediate and advance veterinary Dentistry