Course Overview

The evaluation of blood is often an important option in the veterinary diagnostic toolbox. The correct collection and preparation of blood samples is important to an accurate diagnosis, as are the evaluation techniques. Veterinary technicians play a vital role in hematology, allowing the practice to provide clients and patients with a higher level of care.

Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling for the Advanced Technician Part One is 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.

This is the 1st of 2 Hematology courses that use the same textbook. The other course is Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling for the Advanced Technician Part Two.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 18 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

This is an interactive distance course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-11033.


Course Focus, Content, and Learning Objectives

Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling for the Advanced Technician Part One is a 6-week course designed for the credentialed veterinary technician seeking advanced training. This course first 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 to begin comprehensive training in hematology. This course is followed up with Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling for the Veterinary Technician: Part Two, continuing the learning experience.

This course begins with the basic preparation and evaluation of normal blood films, and advances into abnormal erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets. Students learn to identify cells affected by pathologic destruction, inclusions and infectious agents. Hereditary dysfunctions are also covered, as many of our common breeds are predisposed to genetic abnormalities. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of blood cell production, and factors affecting such processes. Platelet and coagulation disorders, recommended tests and immunohematology finish out the course.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • estimate blood volume of a patient
  • evaluate packed cells, plasma appearance and determine fibrinogen from micro-hematocrit tubes
  • prepare and evaluate blood films
  • compare and contrast blood film staining procedures
  • identify the function of erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets
  • identify abnormal erythrocytes and leukocytes, due to destruction, inclusions or infectious agents
  • compare and contrast hemolytic anemias and immune mediated disorders
  • describe the process of hematopoiesis
  • evaluate clotting and platelet maladies
  • differentiate acquired and hereditary coagulation disorders
  • identify transfusion reactions
  • assess immunodeficiency disorders


Open Enrollment and Activity Requirements

Open enrollment allows students to enroll in a course at a time that is best for their schedule. Each participant has a personal start and end date. Unless otherwise requested, a participant's start date will be within 48 hours of payment submission.

During their personal 6 weeks of access time, the participant is not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures. However, all assignments must be submitted by the assignment deadline date.

This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy schedule.


Completion Requirements

Completed students are awarded a certificate of completion. Completion requirements include:

  • Module Comprehension Quizzes: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Critical Thinking and Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge though patient based scenarios

  • Course Survey


Technology Requirements

It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.

Some sections of the course give the student the option of viewing on the page or via a PDF document; the latter facilitates downloading for future reference.


Required Materials

Veterinary Hematology: A Diagnostic Guide and Color Atlas by John Harvey, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Elsevier

Important Text Information:

It is mandatory that each participant has access to this textbook as the content of the book is not reproduced within the course. It is up to each person to determine the best way to acquire the text. Some will already have the text in their library and, therefore, will not need to purchase another copy. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is not included in the fee for this course.

USA residents: Elsevier texts, both print and eBook, are available via the VetMedTeam Elsevier Text Portal at discounts off regular retail of 25 - 35 %. If you would like to visit the portal to take advantage of the discount please use this link:

VetMedTeam's Elsevier Text Portal

Important: Regardless of which option the participant chooses, access to a copy of the textbook is mandatory. Without the text, the student will not be able to complete the assignments, case studies and examinations. If enrolling close to or beyond the course start date, it is recommended that the text be purchased as an eBook to prevent text acquisition related delays. VetMedTeam has no control over shipping delays and other related problems.


Participant Feedback

...The overall quality of the micro-photographs was excellent and were a vital part of be successful with this course. The instructor was kind enough to also provide further information when needed, which I appreciated very much.

...I found the course case studies were most beneficial to me. Searching for all possible diagnosis with information provided for each case was challenging and interesting. Mandy's feedback was very helpful and educational for me. Thanks!!

...The website runs smoothly...

...This was the most beneficial CE course I've ever completed! The fact that you had to turn in assignments and have them graded really made you take the time to learn the material. Anyone can go and sit and listen to a lecture for CE credit, but this was more like taking a course than any other CE I've completed. I'll definitely be taking more VetMedTeam online courses!

...I liked learning about the morphology of various blood cells, different anemias, functions of blood cells and stains. It was a really nice review on the topics I learned in school with some new information mixed in. I really liked the case studies because they helped with critical thinking and made you put together information in a real world scenario.

...The layout of the course website was very easy to understand and navigate.

...This was a course that was very relevant to my job. I appreciate the emphasis on blood film review.

...This course provided exactly what I wanted. All our bloods go to an external lab but I wanted a greater understanding of the patient's results and why they had occurred. Rebeccah was a brilliant instructor giving me great guidance when I ask.


Course Instructor

Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)

Becky Vaughan is a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia and in Clinical Practice- Canine/Feline. After graduating from Manor College in Jenkintown, PA in 2002, Becky’s career has taken her to General Practice and Specialty Surgery, Radiology and Dentistry services in Philadelphia, Vermont, and the Chicagoland area.

Becky is currently the Technical Supervisor of VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, a 25-doctor teaching hospital comprised of 24-hr Emergency/Critical Care, Specialty Services, and General Practice. She also serves on the Credentials Committee for both the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists in addition to being the past Credentials Committee Chair.

Becky has lectured on anesthesia and dentistry topics throughout the US since 2006. She has contributed to magazines and VSPN on a number of topics. Becky also is part of a Technician and Assistant Task Force for the VCA Corporation in an effort to improve and standardize support staff education nationwide.

Becky has a special interest in critical anesthesia, dentistry and feline pain management. She shares her home in Downers Grove, IL with her husband Hank, daughter Kate, son Gavin, and a multitude of cats and fish.


Course Fee

Price: $179.00

This course is eligible for the 10% Multi-course discount. To learn more about the discount please visit the Multi-Course Discount page.