Discovery and Evaluation of Anticancer Drugs

On Demand

Course Overview

Pharmaceuticals are an important tool in the treatment of cancer. This module gives a high-level view of the history of anticancer drugs, a general idea of the current drug discovery process for both small and large molecule drugs, and what tools might be coming next for the veterinary oncologist.

  • Gain a general knowledge of how a target-based drug discovery program works
  • Gain a general knowledge of how a mAb-based drug is found
  • Become familiar with some of the tools used to evaluate anticancer drugs during drug discovery
  • Gain a general knowledge about the relationship between human drug discovery and how these drugs become available for veterinary use

RACE Application Status

This module has been submitted and approved for 0.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval.

For additional questions, please contact us at Learning@ACVIM.org.




David Lowery, PhD

David Lowery, PhD 
Chief Product Development Manager 


Dr. Lowery is currently the Chief Product Development Officer for PetMedix, a U.K.-based biotech that makes antibody drugs for Animal Health applications. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1988. David has worked in industrial pharmaceutical R&D his entire career (30+ years), working for larger pharmaceutical companies like The Upjohn Company, Pharmacia, Pfizer, Novartis, Elanco, Merial, and Boehringer Ingelheim. He has worked on vaccine, pharmaceutical, parasiticide, and biopharmaceutical projects. Although the majority of that time has been within the R&D departments of the Animal Health companies, the work has always been closely associated with a human health pharmaceutical partner.


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Course Information

  • Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Location: Virtual
  • Audience: ACVIM, ECEIM, ECVIM-CA and ECVN Diplomates and candidates
  • Specialty: Oncology
  • Type: On Demand
  • CE Hours: 0.5



ACVIM Diplomates and candidates: $0

ECEIM, ECVIM-CA and ECVN Diplomates and candidates: $15

Nonmembers: $25



 Already Registered?

On Demand courses are hosted in ACVIM’s online learning system ACVIM Online, powered by VetBloom.


Individual access has been provided to enrolled participants via email or  log in using your ACVIM.org username and password. You will be taken to your Learner Dashboard where any course you are enrolled in will show in the Current Learning section.

All ACVIM Oncology Diplomates and Candidates have been automatically enrolled in each Science of Veterinary

Questions? Check out the ACVIM Online Instructional Guide  or contact  Learning@ACVIM.org


Series Overview

The ACVIM has developed ten (10) Science of Veterinary Oncology (SOVO) online courses that are currently available and complimentary for ACVIM members with four (4) more in development and coming soon. These modules offer foundational building blocks of core knowledge areas pertaining to veterinary oncology and were developed based on the Job Task Analysis review performed in 2016. All modules are led by industry experts and each module is RACE-approved. 




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