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TECH174-0609 : Basic Blood Chemistry in the Canine and Feline
Ann Wortinger, BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)
June 8-July 6, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Friday evenings, June 12, 19, and 26, 2009; 8:00pm-9:30pm ET (USA)
Many of us run blood tests and chemistry profiles daily. Do you really understand what each of these tests indicate and what they mean? This class will go through the most common chemistry tests and explain what each one indicates, how they correlate with other tests, and what they really mean. We will also cover some of the more common tests done in-house for viruses and parasites. Comment tests sent out to reference labs will be reviewed as well to complete the course.
Ann Wortinger is a published author and has specialty certification in both Emergency Critical Care and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Her experience in general, emergency and specialty practices, as well as an educator at Wayne State University's Veterinary Technology Program provides solid experience in understanding in house and reference laboratory testing for patients. The course will consist of three (3) real time interactive sessions of ninety (90) minutes each; homework to reinforce the handouts and real time sessions; weekly online quizzes for topic comprehension; and an online final exam.
All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward those veterinary personnel who are familiar with laboratory testing and equipment. This course will not cover how to use specific pieces of equipment, but rather help staff identify how to improve sample collection and tests available, and testing procedures to result in more reliable results.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course. A list of reference texts will be available in the course area library
Weeks 1: Introduction to in-house chemistry testing and chemistry machines
Content: In this week we will cover common problems associated with in-house testing such as hemolysis, icterus and lipemia, as well as common non-enzymatic tests done. We will go through what the tests indicate and how they interrelate with other tests, as well as the limitations of some of the tests.
Week 2: Enzyme and electrolyte tests
Content: This week we will discuss enzymatic tests and how they differ from the non-enzymatic tests. We will briefly discuss the causes for enzyme changes in the dog and cat including the organ(s) that produce them and their interrelation to each other. Electrolytes will be discussed regarding their function, charge, and how they differ from enzymes and by-products. Tests commonly sent out to reference labs will be covered including sample preparations and parameters for running the test; bile acids, cortisol, toxicology, and specific drug testing will be included.
Week 3: In house virus and parasite testing, and reference laboratory tests
Content: During our last week we will look at some of the in-house tests as well as those commonly sent out to a reference laboratory such as for bacteria, viruses and parasites. Sample collection and preparation, and the goal of the test will be discussed.
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: 4.5
$90 ($81 early bird special if registered before May 25, 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 on the payment page 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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