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Hematology for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians

The Hematology course has been cancelled. Please contact our office if you would like to be notified if it is rescheduled.

Date: October 12, 2013

This course will help you get the most from your in-house laboratory. The emphasis will be on mammalian hematology (primarily dog and cat); however, we will review avian and reptile hematology as well. By the end of this course you will:

  • Feel very comfortable with red and white blood cell identification and data interpretation.
  • Make outstanding blood smears.
  • Perform an in-house reticulocyte count.
  • Interpret all aspects of the CBC.
Lecture 1 Getting the most from all of the components of the CBC
Lecture 2 Blood smear evaluation: it’s more than a WBC differential
Lecture 3 Interpretation of red and white blood cell parameters
Lecture 4 Avian and reptile hematology: performing a CBC and identifying their crazy cells
Attendees will rotate through three different laboratory sessions.
Session 1 Blood smear preparation and staining
Attendees will learn multiple techniques for preparing and staining peripheral blood smears so that each slide has a monolayer and feathered edge appropriate for evaluation of red blood cell morphology, performing a white blood cell differential and platelet estimate.

Session 2 Staining and counting of reticulocytes
Attendees will learn how to perform manual reticulocyte counts on dogs and cats including punctate and aggregate reticulocytes in cats.
Session 3 Blood smear evaluation
Attendees review blood smears from actual patients, identifying abnormal red blood cell morphology, performing white blood cell estimates and differential counts, identifying atypical white blood cell morphology and performing platelet estimates.

Lectures will be held from 9:00 am-Noon and 1:00-2:00 pm.
Laboratories will be held from 2:00-5:00 pm.

Continuing Education
You can earn 7 hours of CE credit by attending this course.