Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine Workshop

Integration of cannabis into cancer therapy:

A new tool for better outcomes


Thursday, October 17th

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sponsored by

This workshop will include a discussion of the details of the cannabis plant including the history of the plant, definition of common cannabis terminology, explanation of the endocannabinoid system, specifically the components of it and how it functions within the body. We will also review the difference between endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids, and the importance of terpenes and flavonoids. Lastly, we will examine important publications (both human and veterinary) as well as delve into some clinically relevant applications including dosing, delivery and potential toxicities and possible contraindications. We will reserve some time at the end for a question and answer session with the audience members.



Stephen Cital

About the Presenter: Stephen Cital Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed by the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Most recently he became one of the first Veterinary Cannabis Counselor Specialists in the country while continuing to educate veterinary professionals on safe and effective use of cannabis in the clinical setting. Stephen is the Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia. His regular daytime position is at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, as well as a private contractor for several research organizations and two local Zoo’s. He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, is a column coordinator for one of Nature’s journals, blogs and lectures internationally. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for local Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, is a consultant for ElleVet Sciences, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages. Stephen has served as the President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Stephen is currently the Chair-elect for the Committee of Veterinary Technician Specialties.



Dr. Trina Hazzah

About the Presenter: Dr. Trina Hazzah Trina Hazzah was born and raised in Washington DC. She attended Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed her small animal internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey and a 3-year residency in medical oncology at the Veterinary Oncology and Hematology Center, in Connecticut. She has also completed the requirements to be a Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hazzah’s area of interest is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and offers a novel approach to veterinary cancer therapy by combining conventional Western therapies with complementary Eastern therapies to provide a whole patient treatment approach. She feels that quality of life is an essential priority in the treatment of her cancer patients and strives to find a perfect balance between effective treatment while optimizing patient comfort.

Dr. Hazzah developed an interest in cannabis medicine during her quest for finding effective integrative approaches for her cancer patients. When her own cat developed a highly aggressive lung cancer, cannabis was the only modality that drastically improved his quality (and quantity) of life. She has spent the last 4 years reading though available literature, attending multiple cannabis conferences and symposiums, while also learning from cannabis physicians. She has since given numerous lectures to veterinarians educating them on the topic of cannabis medicine. Dr. Hazzah is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, Veterinary Cancer Society, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference and American Veterinary Medical Association.