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TECH155-1009 : Reptile Hematology
Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT
October 14-November 6, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, October 20 and 27, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
This course is designed to help the veterinary technician understand the basics of reptilian hematology. Topics covered include sample collection locations from snake, lizard, and chelonian species and how to perform smear and stain techniques. Students will also learn the basics of performing manual erythrocyte and leukocyte counts, and differential evaluation. This course will focus on reptilian blood cell identification and students are encouraged to bring their own images of reptilian blood cells to post on the message boards for discussion and/or identification. Common hemoparasites seen in various species of reptiles will also be covered briefly; abnormal blood cells will not be covered other than to identify they are not normal.
Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT has years of experience both in practice and personally with reptiles and amphibians. The course will have two (2) 90-minute online sessions covering reptile hematology, online quizzes and suggested reading. All veterinary technicians and assistants interested in reptile hematology are welcome to take this course and join in on the online discussions. Having a basic knowledge of avian hematology is helpful, but not required. Space is limited so enroll early.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
Week 1: Sample collection, preparation, staining, and blood cell counting techniques.
Content: This session will include blood collection sites commonly used with snakes, lizard, and chelonian species. Other topics covered this week include how to make blood smears adequate enough for differential evaluation and which stains are most effective for staining reptilian blood. The basics of how to perform the Natt-Herrick's method of blood cell counting and why it is preferred in the reptile over the Leukopet method are also discussed. How to perform white blood cell estimates will also be covered.
Week 2: Cell identification, differential Evaluation, and hemoparasite identification.
Content: A continuation of the blood cell counting methods will be covered from Week 1.
This week's session will focus on identification of the reptilian blood cells and how they differ in structure and function from both mammalian and avian blood cells. The various hemoparasites seen in reptiles will be discussed briefly.
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
$60 ($54 early bird special if registered before September 30, 2009).
*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: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
**The Participant's Resource Center includes all you need to know about online CE with VIN and VSPN.
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