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TECH155-0308: Reptile Hematology

Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT, BA

March 19-April 11, 2008
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings, March 25 and April 1; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to help the veterinary technician understand the basics of reptilian hematology. The course will include sample collection from snake, lizard, and chelonian species, and ideal anticoagulants to use for analysis. Also discussed are smearing and staining techniques, how to perform erythrocyte and leukocyte counts, and differential evaluation.

Jenni Jenkins-Perez, LVT, CVT has years of experience both in practice and personally with reptiles and amphibians. Her current position is in a clinical pathology laboratory. Email for information about the price breaks for hospitals that enroll 5 or more employees.

The course will have two 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

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor has supplied a list of suggested references below:

Veterinary Technician text:

Veterinarian texts: Other resource papers COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1: Sample collection, preparation, staining, and white blood cell estimates.
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, which stains are most effective for staining reptilian granulocytes, and a discussion regarding the inaccuracies of white blood cell estimates. At the end of the class practice counts will be assigned to prepare for the next week.

Week 2: Counting Methods and Differential Evaluation.
Content: This week's session will include the various manual counting methods commonly used for reptiles. The manual counts discussed include the Phloxine B counts (Formerly the Eosinophil Unopette method), Natt-Herrrick's counting of erythrocytes and leukocytes, and the Toluidine Blue method for RBC and WBC counting. The final portion of the class will cover differential evaluation and how to identify reptilian blood cells.

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 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.


$59 ($53.00 early bird special if registered before March 5, 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.

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