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TECH124-0605: Basic Hematology: The Complete Blood Count
Jennifer Sizemore AS, CVT
June 20 - July 24, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings, June 23, 30 and July 7 and 14; 9:00-10:30pm ET (USA)
Participants will learn basic hematology with respect to the practical application of hematology procedures. The course will include an overview starting with collection of a blood sample and ending with the knowledge of how to perform a complete blood count including red and white blood cell indices. The course will have message boards to further discuss the course materials, weekly homework/quiz assignments, reading materials/handouts for reference to correspond with information during the real time sessions and/or in the library materials. This course will not cover blood parasites or abnormal blood cells (other than reticulocytes).
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
Content: This week we will discuss terminology used in basic hematology. Venipuncture will also be discussed to provide an understanding of preparation and technique. We will discuss the definition of a complete blood count and begin our discussion on manual laboratory procedures included in a complete blood count. Blood math formulas will be included. This will help apply a baseline for understanding the basics of hematology.
Content: During this session we will continue to cover manual laboratory procedures. We will discuss preparation of blood smears. This will lead our discussion into RBC & WBC morphology to aid in evaluating slides for a complete blood count.
Content: During this session, we will continue red blood cell morphology; our discussion will also pertain to platelets and reticulocytes to aid in understanding the basis of a complete blood count.
Content: During this last session, we will continue white blood cell morphology and indentification of leukocytes on a blood smear.
There is no required text for this course.
Recommended text: Laboratory Procedures For Veterinary Technicians (4th edition). Charles Hendrix, DVM, PhD. This text can be purchased from the VIN bookstore: http://store.vin.com/custom/edit.asp?p=82284
Other course materials will be in the form of handouts and slideshows/web tours. There will also be a list of sources where the materials were retrieved to help create this course.
CE HOURS: 6 (RACE applied for)
Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
$102 ($92 early bird special if registered before June 6, 2005)
Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status) *VT students: You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
*VT students, please include your program directors name, school, and school phone number) in the comments section of the CE registration form. Your registration will be delayed if this information is not included.
** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 9 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)
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