Haematology and cytology online


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Key Areas

  • Microscopic skills – setup and care
  • Top tips on making high quality blood smears, fine needle aspirates, imprints and fluid preparations
  • Systematic and efficient approach to the interpretation of peripheral blood smears
  • Understanding the strength and weakness of haematology analysers
  • Systematic and efficient approach to common and/or characteristic skin masses and lymph node aspirates
  • Examples of common organ and cavity aspirates/lesions
  • How to optimise your communication with pathologists/laboratories

CPD Hours

42 hours

Delivery Mode

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About this course

Would you be interested in increasing your skills in examining blood smears and fine needle aspirates to expand the service you can provide to your patients? Are you in a practice where financial limitations don’t allow sending out bloods and aspirates to external labs? Would you like to be able to gain more from your in-house analyser?

The ever-widening availability of in house haematology analysers has provided many benefits for patient care. In many practices however, there is a skills gap in relation to blood smear examinations in-house. Yet this is an essential skill for these machines to be used reliably and safely.

This course is for practitioners who wish to develop and enhance their skills in haematology and cytology. The course uses a case based teaching approach, with the addition of videos and other materials to support learning. There is an active tutor-moderated discussion forum to discuss any questions regarding technique, the study cases, specific topics in haematology and cytology, and participants’ cases.

Why do this course?
You will improve your skills and efficiency in preparing and assessing high quality blood smears and cytological samples.

Course details
Course type:
Course format: An intensive tutor-moderated learning experience. Course resources include an online haematology and cytology manual, a multitude of case assessment exercises and discussion forums in which participants review and discuss cases with their colleagues and the tutors
Course length: Six weeks
Relevant to CertAVP module: Clinical Pathology C module (C-VP.2)



Balazs Szladovits, DVM DipACVP FHEA MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pathology
The Royal Veterinary College

Barbara Glanemann, DrMedVet DipECVIM-CA PGCVetED FHEA MRCVS
Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine
The Royal Veterinary College