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Veterinary Laboratory Medicine, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-632-04023-0
392 pages
January 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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Description

Veterinary Laboratory Medicine covers all aspects of basic clinical biochemistry and haematology, and includes test-by-test interpretation of laboratory results. Information is provided on sampling techniques, the selection and use of an external laboratory, as well as near-patient testing and the practice laboratory. Also included are step-by-step instructions for most commonly used point-of-care tests, a guide to the evaluation of instruments for in-practice use, and a detailed explanation of the principles of impedance counting and photometric analysis. The book will be ideal for practitioners who require a guide to laboratory work, and for veterinary students studying laboratory medicine and clinical pathology.

The second edition has been fully updated to reflect advances in diagnostic techniques, and includes new chapters on diagnostic endocrinology and feline virus testing as well as a much expanded chapter on diagnostic profiling and pattern recognition.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part I: Haematology

1 The Red Blood Cells (Erythrocytes) 3

2 The Platelets (Thrombocytes) and the Coagulation Factors 35

3 The White Blood Cells (Leucoytes) 49

Part II: Clinical Biochemistry

Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry 69

4 The Plasma Proteins 73

5 The Electrolytes 81

6 The Minerals 91

7 The Nitrogenous Substances 101

8 Carbohydrate Metabolism 111

9 Bilirubin and Fat Metabolism 127

10 Clinical Enzymology – Plasma Enzymes in Diagnosis 135

11 Diagnosis Endocrinology 149

12 Non-Blood Body Fluids 169

13 Feline Virus Testing 181

Part III: Systematic Invesigation

14 Investigation on an Individual Organ Basis 199

15 Diagnosis Profiling and Pattern Recognition 209

Part IV: Practical Laboratory Medicine

16 Sample collection and Use of External Laboratories 243

17 Side-Room Testing in the Veterinary Practice 275

18 The ‘Practice Laboratory’ 307

Suggested Further Reading 355

Index 357 

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Author Information

Dr. Morag G. Kerr, BVMS, BSc, PhD, CBiol, FlBiol, MRCVS, spent six years as Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, where she set up the first final year elective course in the subject in the UK. She joined Vetlab Services as Chief Scientist in 1988 and became a partner in 1993.
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The Wiley Advantage

* a clinician's book written by a first rate clinical pathologist
* vets increasingly rely on lab tests to point the way or confirm their own diagnoses
* short, easily accessible reference for busy practitioners
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Reviews

From reviews of the first edition:
'The publication is extremely timely and the title is perceptive because throughout the book the laboratory is presented as one of the inputs of diagnosis and prognosis, part of the range of information to be assimilated in clinical judgement and decision making. This is a clinician's book written by a first rate clinical pathologist.' - Journal of Small Animal Practice

'Veterinary surgeons who require a handy guide to laboratory work and students studying laboratory medicine and clinical pathology should find this book invaluable.' - Veterinary Practice Management

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