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TECH135-0908 : Basic Avian Hematology
Drew Bickford, AS, CVT
September 11-October 4, 2008
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings, September 17 and 24, 2008; 7:30pm-9:00pm pm ET (USA)
Participants will learn how to perform a full hematological evaluation of the avian patient. Topics will include sample handling and preparation, cell evaluation, calculations and counts, and blood parasites.
Drew Bickford has worked in veterinary medicine with an avian specialty for over 10 years. He has worked in small animal/exotics practices and emergency clinics; was clinic supervisor of the National Audubon Society, Center for Birds of Prey in Orlando; and is now the Senior Veterinary Technician at the University of Minnesota, The Raptor Center. Drew began lectures and labs for veterinary students and has since provided regional CE on avian care, clinical pathology, and nursing.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
There is no required text for this class
Week 1: Sample Handling, Calculations, and White Blood Cell Identification and Morphology
Content: This week will cover sample collection, anticoagulants, and slide preparation. We will look at the different white blood cells in birds and discuss how to properly identify them in various species. We will cover how to perform and calculate an estimated white blood cell count. We will examine the different changes that can occur to white blood cells and how these can paint a picture of the patient's health.
Week 2: Red Blood Cell Identification and Morphology and Avian Blood Parasites
Content: This week we will cover identification of the avian red blood cell and talk about its various morphologic changes. We will also discuss commonly seen avian blood parasites and their significance.
LIBRARY MATERIALS: 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.
CE HOURS: 3
$59 ($53 early bird special if registered before August 28, 2008).
*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). 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 director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** 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.
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
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