CLP303 - Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures III

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Subject Title
Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures III

Subject Description
Clinical pathology is of great importance in veterinary medicine. It is an area where the expertise of the veterinary technician is relied upon to produce accurate results quickly and efficiently. These results often greatly affect diagnosis and eventual treatment prescribed by the veterinarian, therefore a high level of competence in this area is essential for the RVT.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. consistently, specifically, and accurately perform and report routine hematology including:
a. identification of all blood cells and structures
b. cell counts (WBC, reticulocyte, platelets)
c. calculation of hematologic parameters (eg. MCH, MCHC, MCV, etc.)
d. recognition of blood cell abnormalities (morphology, toxicity, arrangement)
e. preparation and staining of blood smears and other specimens
f. determination of packed cell volume and total solids/protein measurements.
*** See Lab Requirements below for full details

2. perform a full CBC (including WBC count, PCV, total solids (or protein) & full smear evaluation) & report the findings accurately in 50 minutes.

3. consistently and accurately identify red blood cells, white blood cells, transitional epithelial cells, fat, casts and specific crystal types in urine based on practical examination, analysis of unknown samples supplied by the professor, and hands-on laboratories.

4. explain the indication for hematology, serology & urinalysis and the significance of the results using case studies.

5. consistently carry out the procedures performed in lab in a technically correct and safe manner (see Lab Requirements below).

6. accurately perform the mathematical calculations necessary for clinical laboratory reports

7. report the results of the above tests using the proper terminology (including spelling) and units.

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