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TECH166-0209 : Avian Cytology
Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT
February 11-March 6, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, February 17 and 24, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
This course is designed to help the veterinary technician understand the basics of avian cytology. The course will include how to safely collect samples for cytologic evaluation from the avian patient, how to prepare those samples, and how to identify the differences between inflammation and neoplasia in avian species.
Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT has years of experience both in practice and personally with various avian species ranging from ostriches to finches. Currently, she is a trainer and consultant for a small animal and exotic practice in central Florida and is a speaker at various veterinary conferences. Email VSPNCE@vspn.org for information about the price breaks for hospitals that enroll 5 or more employees.
The course will have two 90-minute online sessions covering avian cytology, online quizzes, and suggested reading. All veterinary technicians and assistants interested in the basics of avian cytology are welcome to take this course and join in on the online discussions. Having a basic knowledge of mammalian cytology 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 for cytologic evaluation.
Content: This session will include sampling techniques from the more common locations of the avian patient. This includes cloacal swabbing, choanal swabbing, tracheal washing, crop washing, and fine needle aspirates. Also covered this week will include how to properly prepare the samples once collected for cytologic evaluation and normal cytologic findings in various avian species.
Week 2: Avian inflammatory cells, benign neoplasia, criteria for malignancy, and abnormal findings.
Content: This week's session will include the inflammatory process in birds and how it differs from mammalian inflammation as well as other abnormal findings (i.e., parasites, fungal elements, etc). Also covered this week will include identification of the cells to help the technician determine the differences between benign neoplasia and malignancy. Students are encouraged to bring images of avian cytology samples to post on the message board to help with identification of their own slides.
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 ($54.00 early bird special if enrolled before January 28, 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.
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-297-4950, ext 187
777 West Covell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616
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