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TECH185-0910: The Complete Urinalysis Module 1-Collection, Chemistries, and Sediments

Cheryl Stockman, MT (ASCP) & Joyce Knoll, VMD, PhD, DACVP

September 16-October 16, 2010
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings, September 22, 29, and October 6, 2010; 8:30pm -10:00pm ET (USA)

Urinalysis is most accurate when performed soon after sample collection. Veterinarians often rely on veterinary technicians to perform this analysis. This course is designed to provide the veterinary technician with in-depth, useable knowledge on how to perform a urinalysis, as well as information about factors that affect accuracy of results. The skills covered in this class are best learned by the team of the veterinarian and veterinary technician in an effort to work together in finding all diagnostics accurately and combining them to aid the veterinarian in formulating a diagnosis. This course is highly recommended prior to taking The Complete Urinalysis Module 2. Technical aspects of performing an urinalysis will NOT be covered in the next module.

Dr. Joyce Knoll and Ms. Cheryl Stockman comprise a team that works together in clinical pathology to aid clinician's diagnostic abilities in veterinary medicine. They have team taught several courses on VSPN and VIN CE as well as taught individually to those in the veterinary profession for the past several years. This course will consist of three (3), ninety (90) minute real-time sessions, detailed presentations with slides when appropriate, and library materials provided on all topics. There will be multiple choice homework quizzes designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention as well as interactive message board discussions.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to complete

TEXTBOOK: There is no required text for this course; however the instructors recommend the following:


Week 1: How to Perform an Urinalysis and the Effects of Sample Collection
Content: This session of the course will go through the steps of an urinalysis (with a few possibly surprising recommendations along the way), and will review how sample collection can affect results. The emphasis during this session will be on chemical analysis of urine and specific gravity determination. The rationale for using tests such as Ictotest� tablets or the sulfosalicylic acid test to confirm chemical dipstick results will be discussed.

Week 2: Microscopic evaluation of Urine Sediment
Content: This session will use images to illustrate common and uncommon (but clinically significant) abnormalities that can be found in urine sediment. The discussion will cover common pitfalls when looking at urine sediment, pros and cons of using Sedi-stain�, and the clinical significance of certain findings. Guidelines for identification of elements in unstained preparations and information on additional techniques that can be used to confirm the presence of bacteria or aid in identification of unknown crystals will be provided.

Week 3: Review of Urine Sediment Abnormalities
Content: In this session, participants will have a chance to challenge their procedural knowledge and test their ability to identify urine sediment elements. This session will consist of image after image of "What is it?" Using the polling function, participants can individually assess their ability to identify structures discussed in real time sessions and as seen in the specimens submitted every day in a working lab. Processing and testing questions will be also used in the same manner. It will be a session based on interactive polling, without the traditional lecture-like format.

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.


$90 ($81 early bird special before September 2, 2010).
*Enroll in both Modules before September 22, 2010 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price. *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

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