AD126 – Advance25 – Microscopy: Haematology and Cytology

£997.00 (+VAT)

This course commences on  25th April 2022, with the last session taking place on 1st June 2022.  The forum will remain open for two weeks after the last session.

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Advance25TM Courses help you to develop your knowledge and clinical skills in a defined area of small animal practice. These fully flexible online courses include tutor support and discussion forums. The course materials are all recorded, and you have full access for a 12 month period. The course runs for a six week period, and you’ll get tutor support for a further 2 weeks via the course forum in case you need to catch up. After that, you’ll still have full access to all of your course materials although the tutor support will end. Complete your learning and get your CPD Certificate for 25 Hours of CPD.

Veterinary clinical pathology for in practice lab testing is at the heart of many disease diagnoses. While it can often start with automated analysis, manual testing and microscopy remain vital to complement this, accurately confirming and then monitoring the disease in a huge range of species. Correct and timely interpretation is invaluable within a busy practice, integrating seamlessly alongside other investigations, such as imaging and clinical examination.

This course will focus on quick but reliable checks and microscopic examination to fit into your daily caseload, providing rapid results that will inform your therapeutic decisions and discussion with the owner.  It will cover the fundamentals because without this understanding, extraneous investigations or even misdiagnosis can occur.

It will centre on cats and dogs, and is designed for you if you are a vet with an interest in developing your clin path skills or honing your microscopy and diagnostic interpretations.

Session 1 Haematology: Analysers and Checks

In this first session we will lift the lid on the ‘black box’ of automated analysis, so its numerical data is not mis-interpreted. Graphical plots are often overlooked but act as valuable sources of information, as well as for spot checking the numbers. We will move from these into making a smear to check the analyser and fill in the blanks for a full haematology.

Session 2 Haematology: Smears and Morphology

Once the automated results are checked, so much more information is gained from examining a good, well stained blood smear. It will be approached in this session very much from within a busy practice’s perspective, with quick but targeted examinations, looking at cytopenias and cytoses to establish their cause or identify when additional testing and more protracted or specialist examination is required.

Session 3 Cytology: Skin and Preparation

Cytopathology is useful for so many tissues and diseases, but skin is one of the commonest.  This third session will move into proper sampling for skin diseases to allow the accurate identification of infections for specific therapy. It will then cover commoner skin tumours or related growths and lesions that can be readily diagnosed in house.   It will also address rapid screening of samples when under anaesthesia, or if sending away, to ensure they are likely to be diagnostic.

Session 4 Cytology: Fluids and Analysis

Fluid samples need specific handling and examination so their smears can be used to guide further investigations and diagnose diseases; or decide if surgical intervention versus medical therapy is required. This session will focus on a simplified, stepwise approach for fluid analysis to guide timely diagnosis in emergencies and out of hours provision.

Session 5 Urinary Microscopy

In this penultimate session, often overlooked urinary analysis will be covered to complete our patient’s minimum data set. We will focus on standardising urine microscopy, so accurate diagnosis and monitoring can be reliably achieved without the risk of misleading in vitro artifact. Microscopy will again include both fresh wet prep and complementary dried stained material, as appropriate for the case and disease.

Session 6 Case Based Integration

Our final session will incorporate the preceding material into complete case presentations to show how it all fits together when making an accurate diagnosis. After covering biochemistry in its first lecture, we will then finish this series by taking salient cases through from ‘start to finish’, discussing where artifacts have been introduced, to be checked for specific investigations and targeted tests when diagnosing a disease to allow therapy to start as soon as possible.

Course Tutor: Roger Powell VetMB MA DipACVP DipRCPath MRCVS

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