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DIAG204-0708: Veterinary Cytology & Fluid Analysis: What Can You Learn From a Smear of Schmutz

Joyce S. Knoll, VMD, PhD, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)
Perry Bain, DVM, PhD, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)
Denise Wunn, DVM, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)
Deborah Davis, DVM, DACVP (Clinical Pathology)

July 8 - August 19, 2008
Interactive sessions: Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5 and 12; 9:00 - 11:00 pm ET (USA)

Collection and evaluation of a cytology preparation can be a quick, relatively noninvasive way to obtain information about a lesion or effusion. This course is designed to provide veterinarians with detailed information on collection and interpretation of these samples.
This course will consist of six (6), 2-hour real-time sessions, detailed presentations with numerous images, and library materials provided on all topics. There will be interactive message board discussions (including mystery cases) and a multiple-choice "final exam" designed to enhance material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be:

  1. Familiar with cytologic techniques and common artifacts.
  2. Familiar with the strengths and limitations of cytologic techniques
  3. Able to distinguish between inflammation, hyperplasia and neoplasia
  4. Able to diagnose common round cell tumors and identify distinctive epithelial & mesenchymal tumors
Course Outline:

Week 1 (July 8): Sample Collection, Handling, and Introduction to Artifacts
This section will review a variety of techniques, including fine needle aspiration, squash preparation, impression smears, and buffy coat smear preparation. In addition, the common artifacts that can make interpretation of cytology preparations such a challenge will be illustrated. (Wunn)

Week 2 (July 15): Inflammatory lesions
This section will explain how to distinguish between the different types of inflammatory reactions (e.g. suppurative, granulomatous, eosinophilic) and will present possible causes of each. A variety of etiologic agents including some types of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa will be illustrated. (Knoll)

Week 3 (July 22): Cutaneous masses
The cytologic characteristics of epithelial and mesenchymal tumors will be illustrated in this section, along with the distinguishing features of the classic round cell tumors. The cytologic criteria of malignancy will be discussed along with the limitations of these features in predicting the malignant potential of some tumor types. (Bain)

Week 4 (July 29): Lymph Node
This section will illustrate the cytologic features that help distinguish normal lymph node from a reactive lymph node, lymphoma from a metastatic neoplasm. (Knoll)

Week 5 (August 5): Fluid Analysis
This section will discuss how to analyze abdominal, thoracic, pericardial and synovial fluid, and illustrate the cell types commonly encountered in these effusions, including the notorious reactive mesothelial cells. The effusion classification scheme will be reviewed, with a discussion of how these classifications can be used to narrow down your differential diagnoses. (Davis)

Week 6 (August 12): Miscellaneous cytology cases
This section will begin by covering a few small miscellaneous topics, including the cytologic features of splenic and thymic lesions, and a brief look at vaginal cytology. (Dr Knoll). Then Dr Bain will wrap things up by presenting a variety of mystery cases that allow you to test yourself and hone your cytologic skills.

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and continue for 7 days following the last real-time session.

CE HOURS: 12 CE Credits

Member/$211, Non-Member/$310 by June 24, 2008;
Member/$234 Non-Member/$344 after June 24, 2008

Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbook:
Atlas of Canine & Feline Cytology - Raskin, Meyer - 2001
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