VSPN TECH322-0322: Neoplastic Cytology: Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

The real time sessions for this course will be presented via Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS(Oncology) and Pamela Baker, BSc, DVM, Graduate Diploma (Clinical Pathology)
Course Open: March 1-April 8, 2022
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2022; 8:30-10:00pm ET (USA)    World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

Enrollment is closed.

Course Information:
Cytology is a valuable tool that can be utilized in the work-up of neoplastic lesions in any veterinary practice. This introductory course will present the key steps to maximize the diagnostic value of the sample including mapping, collection, preparation and microscopic assessment for diagnostic utility. This will be followed by an introduction to the differentiation of different tissue types and the assessment of benign and malignant lesions. Course material will be consolidated with a discussion of common tumor types of companion animals.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
  • Explain the role cytology plays in work-up of tumors in the companion animal.
  • Generate a detailed lesion/mass description and body map of companion animals.
  • Choose the best technique for sample collection of suspected neoplastic lesions.
  • Locate peripheral lymph nodes.
  • Select the appropriate smearing method to generate quality diagnostic smears.
  • List the factors that determine diagnostic quality.
  • Select and implement staining method suitable to produce a well stained, diagnostic smear.
  • Select the microscope lens and setting which optimize viewing of cytologic smears.
  • Evaluate the smear for diagnostic utility, including assessing cellularity, staining, cellular integrity and the presence of hemodilution and artifacts.
  • Plan a stepwise approach to the initial, low power evaluation of the smear.
  • Produce a detailed description of cellular features including cytoplasm, inclusions and nucleus.
  • Distinguish between cell types including discrete/round cells, epithelial cells and mesenchymal cells.
  • List the common criteria of malignancy seen with neoplastic cells.
  • Identify inflammatory changes that can cause dysplastic changes in tissue cells.
  • Describe the typical cytologic appearance of common cutaneous tumors.
  • Describe the typical gross appearance and locations of common tumor types.
  • Describe the common clinical presentation with common tumor types.
  • Describe the typical common tumor types based upon cellular origin.
Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate VSPN CE course will be geared towards veterinary technicians and technologists but will also be open for veterinarians and licensed or experienced staff interested in neoplastic cytology.
Course Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic knowledge of medical terminology and blood cell identification.

RACE Accreditation: This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. 22-41635

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 8): Lesion Description and Collection Techniques
This session will include the role cytology plays in working up tumors, lesion/mass description, body map, locating peripheral lymph nodes, and diagnostic smear techniques.

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 15): Introduction to Microscopic Evaluation and Assessing Diagnostic Utility of the Smear
This session will discuss determining diagnostic quality of smears, staining methods, microscope use, and the approach to evaluating the smear.

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 22): Microscopic Evaluation of Cellular Characteristics
This session will discuss producing a detailed description of cellular features, distinguishing between cell types, criteria of malignancy in neoplastic cells, and inflammatory changes in tissue cells.

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 29): Common Tumors of Companion Animals
This last session will include describing cytologic and gross appearances of common tumors, and being able to describe clinical presentation and types of tumors that patients may present with.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

Enrollment is closed.

Tuition: $132 ($119 early bird special if enrolled by February 15, 2022)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* Students currently enrolled in an AVMA accredited or CVMA approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 8, 2022 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext.792 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

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