Cytology in the practice lab - blood, sweat and smears

Event date

11 July 2018

Venue location

Department of Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge
Madingley Road


Laura Carleton, 0207 908 6336

Event type

Small animal clinical CPD


Joy Archer MS VMD PhD FRCPath DipECVEP HonFRCVS, Head of Clinical Pathology, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge



 Early birdStandard
Member£200 (including VAT)£235 (including VAT)
Non-memberN/A£395 (including VAT)

Early bird rate applies to bookings made more than eight weeks in advance of the course date.

Event Description

Registration will open at 09.30, with the course starting at 10.00. The course will finish at 16.00.

This course will take a practical approach to implementing best practice in the in-house laboratory. It will highlight pointers to obtaining reliable results with simple equipment in a small laboratory. The importance of QC/QA in these laboratories will be stressed.

An overview of information that can be obtained using such a laboratory and cage-side tests will be attempted. Tips for obtaining the best samples and how to evaluate them using a standard microscope and centrifuge will be provided.

The practical session will include evaluation of blood films in common conditions: anaemias, thrombocytopenias, inflammatory changes. Cytology slides from common skin lesions (including tumours) cavity fluids will also be provided for examination. The advantage of sediments of fresh urine samples for detection of casts and other formed elements will be demonstrated. At the end of the session there will be a short review of the samples and cases examined during the practical part.

The five key things delegates will learn from this course are: 

  • The value of blood films to aid diagnosis 
  • Cytology of commonly seen cavity fluids 
  • Cytology of common skin and subcutaneous masses 
  • Analysis of urine sediment 
  • Use and QC/QA of in-house instruments and microscope   

Please note - if you want to book three courses for the price of two please call Laura Carleton on 020 7908 6336. 

Terms & Conditions

Payment conditions Payment for BVA courses must be received in advance. On acceptance of your booking a confirmation email will be sent to you. Prices are subject to 20% VAT and bookings will be confirmed with a VAT notice. Member discount Please note that in order to qualify for the member discount it must be the member that attends the course. A member cannot book on behalf of a non-member to benefit from the discount. If a non-member attends in place of a member, they will be liable to pay the additional non-member fee. Book three courses for the price of two This offer is only valid for BVA members. All three courses must be booked at the same time. The cheapest course will be free. A practice may book using the offer and send a different member of their team to each course. This offer is only valid for BVA 2018 CPD courses and excludes Media training, the ‘Staying safe in equine practice’ course and any webinars. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Cancellation policy In event of cancellations received in writing no later than one calendar month in advance of the course, the fee will be returned less 25% to cover administration expenses. After that date, no refunds will be possible. Substitutions may be made at any time, however, please see note (left) about the member discount. Programme information The programme information was correct at the time of going to press. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the programme may change and BVA reserves the right to cancel the event or alter the venue and/or speakers. Where circumstances force BVA to cancel a course, the liability of BVA shall be limited to a refund of any fees paid for the course. BVA is not liable for any consequential loss. Booking indicates acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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