The evaluation of blood is a core component of quality medical care for every patient. It is especially important as a diagnostic tool in the evaluation of animals experiencing an abnormal condition. The collection and preparation of blood samples are just as important to an accurate diagnosis as are the evaluation techniques. Incorrect handling of blood samples can render the laboratory results invalid. Blood evaluation is often facilitated via the use of an outside laboratory. However, it is critical for veterinary technicians to have a high level of skill and training in hematology. For example, it is recommended that every time a CBC is run in-house, a blood film be evaluated for cell abnormalities, inclusions or diseases. Many times, automated machines cannot differentiate these cells. This can lead to a missed diagnosis, or a delayed result when samples are submitted.
Veterinary technicians play a vital role in diagnostic services. Enhancing the skills of blood film evaluation can increase revenue, improve the efficiency of the diagnoses made by the veterinary team and improve technician utilization. Each of these will allow the practice to provide clients and patients with a higher level of care.
Advanced Principles of Hematology: Part One is a 6-week course designed for the veterinary technician seeking advanced training. However, this course provides an overview of basic concepts before moving into more advanced areas and is, therefore, of value to the veterinary team member who is seeking a comprehensive course in hematology. Although this course carries RACE credits only for technicians, many veterinarians will find this course beneficial to their understanding of hematology and a good starting point for advanced level training.