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Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1008-9
296 pages
July 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team is a concise, reliable resource for technical team members performing clinical diagnostic evaluation. Focusing on sample handling, machinery calibration, normal physiology and anatomy, clinical diagnostics, and disease processes, the book helps technical team members to consistently achieve high-quality results in small animal lab work. An essential bench-side reference for in-house laboratories, the book includes a DVD with interactive cases to build skills in reading and interpreting digital slides.

With chapters on blood counts, chemistry, urinalysis and electrolytes, advanced diagnostics, and cytology, Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team offers key technical information for consistently obtaining and evaluating samples. The book is a practical resource for anyone performing lab work, including veterinary technicians, technician and veterinary students, and veterinarians.

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About the Authors ix

Foreword xi

1. Sample Handling and Laboratory Standardization—Developing Standard

Operating Procedures 1

2. Components of the Complete Blood Count 19

3. Hematology: The Erythrocytes, White Blood Cells, and Immune System 33

4. Abnormalities in the Red and White Blood Cell Populations 45

5. Renal Physiology and Anatomy, Clinical Diagnostics, and Disease 75

6. Liver Physiology and Anatomy, Clinical Diagnostics, and Disease 93

7. Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Physiology and Anatomy, Clinical
Diagnostics, and Disease 105

8. Electrolyte Physiology, Function, and Derangement 119

9. Components of the Urinalysis 129

10. Evaluating the Urinalysis with Disease Conditions 139

11. Adrenal Function and Testing 151

12. Blood Gas 167

13. Coagulation 175

14. Emergency Diagnostics—A Discussion of Shock and Clinical Diagnostics 183

15. Obtaining Samples from Different Body Systems and Evaluating Cytology 193

Appendix A: Tables 207

Appendix B: Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team DVD Instructions 237

Appendix C: Case Worksheet for Clinical Pathology Cases 247

Additional Resources 257

Glossary 259

Index 271

Cases – See companion DVD

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Andrew J. Rosenfeld, DVM, ABVP is the cofounder and head instructor of VTEC, an education corporation that specializes in seminar training for the hospital team.  Dr. Rosenfeld has also written the Veterinary Medical Team Handbook, a training a resource manual for the medical team (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007). 

Sharon M. Dial, DVM, PHD, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical and Anatomic Pathology) is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology at the University of Arizona.

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Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team will help experienced veterinary technicians set up various clinical laboratory diagnostic tests. It provides a good explanation of basic laboratory practices, the underlying concepts of many laboratory tests, and the physiology of common disease conditions. This book is well worth the price. (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2010)

This book provides a good overall summary of basic clinical pathology in small animals. Although it is fairly short and concise, it contains all the necessary relevant information and includes a CD that takes readers thorough six complicated cases, step by step. This is a useful book that would be a handy reference to have in a practice. It is easy to read, concise, and informative. Although it is aimed at small animal veterinary teams, it includes limited information about large animal species, which is important for a good, general understanding. (Doodys, December 2010)

Clinical Pathology for the Veterinary Team offers a fine recourse for technical team members involved in clinical diagnostic evaluation. Machinery calibration, normal anatomy, clinical diagnostics and more are revealed in chapters that provide key technical information for Obtaining and evaluating samples, surveying the disease process, the progress of identification and treatment, and including a DVD with interactive cases. Vet collections need this! (The Midwest Book Review, November 2010)

Rosenfeld, a veterinarian who is associated with an education corporation that specializes in seminar training for the hospital team, and Dial (veterinary science and microbiology, U. of Arizona) provide a resource for technical veterinary team members performing clinical diagnostic evaluation in small animal lab work. (Book News, September 2010)

It will also be essential reading for those preparing for professional qualifications such as FIBMS and FRCPath, possibly even MRCP, and will serve as an excellent resources for the more senior researcher, lecturer and academic.  (The Bulletin of The Royal College of Pathologists, January 2013)

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