Practical Clinical Pathology for Nurses

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About the course

Correct and appropriate sample handling and analysis can be key in the diagnosis of many diseases frequently encountered in Practice. In the busy veterinary clinic, vet nurses play an important role in the preparation of different types of samples for external labs as well in the often under-utilised skill of in-house analysis.

This highly practical day will give vet nurses the skills to be able to make diagnostic blood smears or check cytology slides by feeling confident with microscopy. It will introduce standardised urine analysis to maximise the amount of information only 1ml of urine can provide. It will also highlight some of the common pitfalls in haematology, illustrated with case examples and identification of how to avoid them.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Microscopy – care and getting the most out of your microscope
  • How to make, stain and examine diagnostic blood smears
  • Standardised urinalysis
  • In vitro sampling – what to use and when
  • How to spot errors and artifacts.
  • Wet prep: hands on microscopy.
  • Case based examples and illustrations

Lecturer: Roger Powell MA VetMB DipRCPath Diplomate ACVP (Clin.Path.) FRCPath MRCVS RCVS Recognised Specialist in Clinical Pathology

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