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DIAG208-0809: The Veterinary In-Clinic Laboratory: Quality Concepts for Biochemistry Testing

Kathleen P. Freeman, DVM, BS, MS, PhD, DipECVCP, MRCPath, MRCVS, Certificate in Laboratory Quality Management (University of Wisconsin)
In conjunction with the European College for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Committee for Laboratory Standards
Mark Rishniw, BVSc, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Cardiology)

August 16 - October 25, 2009
Real-time sessions: Sundays, August 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, break for data analysis, final session on October 18; 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET (USA)

Course Description

Objectives of the course:

  1. Introduce participants to principles and concepts fundamental to Quality Assurance and Quality Control within the veterinary in-clinic laboratory.
  2. Provide participants with the knowledge and tools to encourage assessment and improvement of quality within the in-clinic laboratory.
  3. Provide participants with knowledge and tools to conduct statistical QC for their in-clinic biochemistry analyzer.
  4. Characterize the performance capability of in-clinic biochemistry analyzers and reference laboratory analyzers by having participants run Quality Control Materials (QCM1-3) on their analyzers daily for 5 days and by submitting QCM to be run as "patient samples" by their own reference laboratory.
  5. Provide information about performance capability of in-clinic analyzers in general, and specifically for participants in the course.
  6. Provide information about analytes which are suitable for statistical QC for in-clinic laboratories using appropriate QC.
  7. Provide recommendations for ongoing quality assessment for biochemistry analyses within the in-clinic laboratory.

Week 1 (August 16):

Week 2 (August 23): Week 3 (August 30): Week 4 (September 6): Week 5 (September 13): Week 6 (September 20): Break for data analysis

Week 7 (October 18):

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


FREE but participants enrolled in this course are responsible for the cost of running tests in their in-clinic laboratories. Please contact for information about these costs.
Please contact BEFORE signing up for this course.
Course is not open to veterinary students.

Required Textbook: None

Recommended Textbooks: None

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COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.

Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network


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