MS109 – Making the Most of Your Microscopy Mini Series

£447.00 (+VAT)

12 months access to recordings and course materials is included. Please note that these are webinar recordings and not live events. Full details on how to access the Mini Series will be emailed to you.

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This Mini Series is suitable for vets in general small animal practice.

  • Join Roger Powell MA VetMB DipRCPath Diplomate ACVP FRCPath MRCVS for three 2-hour online sessions and make the most of your practice lab!
  • Expert top tips on skin pathology, cytology, fluid analysis and haematology
  • Comprehensive notes to downloaded
  • Self-assessment quizzes to ‘release’ your 8 hours CPD certification (don’t worry, you can take them more than once if you don’t quite hit the mark first time)
  • A whole year’s access to recorded sessions for reviewing key points
  • Superb value for money – learn without travelling
  • Watch the recordings on any device


Session 1:

Skin Lumps: Whoops, That Didn’t Need That…

Skin pathology will often present as a distinct protruding lump which may be a benign ‘cyst’, inflammation, infection and/or malignant neoplasia/cancer. Whilst the macroscopic appearance can aid differentiation, it is non-specific, and potentially malignant neoplasia can be missed and result in inappropriate intervention with associated morbidity and increased cost or delayed therapy. This session will focus on using cytology to distinguish inflammation from proliferative lesions to guide appropriate therapy and intervention.

Extensive illustrations and numerous pictures from case examples will be used to demonstrate:

  • Setting up the microscope properly
  • Staining and smearing
  • Identifying infection and inflammatory causes
  • Proliferative lesions and when to ‘refer’ the slide material
Session 2:

Fluid Analysis On Your Own: Rapid In House Screening

Cavity or tissue effusions can present as an emergency and require rapid intervention with appropriate therapy. However, different aetiologies look similar macroscopically and on imaging, requiring good but practical microscopy to identify what therapy is needed. Subsequent additional analysis and confirmation may require judicious use of an external laboratory and more detailed cytopathology. This session will show you how to rapidly and consistently prepare a fluid sample for staining and examination, focussing on aspects to identify in house to guide appropriate timely therapy.

What you’ll learn:

  • Preparing and staining fluid samples
  • Inflammatory or haemorrhagic
  • Infectious aetiologies
  • Not infectious – referral analysis?
Session 3:

Haematology: Preventing Automated Analyser Misdiagnosis

No automated analyser provides you with a complete veterinary haematology. Smear evaluation is absolutely required for accurate and full identification of disease from a drop of blood, so as not to waste time or money and allow rapid appropriate therapy. This final lecture will look at common analyser pitfalls from specific cases, illustrating where and how they go wrong and how to correctly identify the disease.

What you’ll learn:

  • Types of analysers
  • Smear evaluation
  • Detailed morphological assessment of red and white cells
  • Introduction to leukaemia

The price includes all 3 sessions, notes and quiz – 8 hours of CPD

*No traffic jams, accommodation hassles, pet or childcare, rota clashes, locum fees ……….. just great CPD and a valuable ongoing resource.

Course Feedback :

“It will definitely enhance my microscopy skills and our evaluation of diagnostic samples in practice.

“This course will enable me to feel more confident in looking at cells under the microscope.

“I will be more happy to do emergency cytology cases.”

“I will be able to properly prepare samples and stain slides better. Also to look for any preparation faults.”

“I will be more confident in my techniques and identification of blood cells.”

“This course will help me to do an initial assessment in order to decide how best to proceed.”

“It will help me in day-to-day practice and in-house analysis of samples.”

“I will start assessing quality of smears before sending off. Also pcv and blood smear to be included in each cbc.”

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