Course Overview

"Evaluate these platelets, please. Are they low or clumped?"
"Do you see any retics in that smear?"
"This patient needs a blood transfusion, please get that started."

Credentialed veterinary technicians seeking to provide this level of hematology support to veterinarians must have advanced training. Technicians with these skills will make strong contributions to the medical care of patients as well as to their own careers.

Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling For The Advanced Technician: Part Two is designed for the veterinary technician seeking advanced training. This course builds on the concepts in Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling For The Advanced Technician: Part One. Together, both courses provide advanced training for technicians who seek a comprehensive understanding of hematology.


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 57-29398.


Course Focus, Content, and Learning Objectives

Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling For The Advanced Technician: Part Two is a 6-week course designed for the advanced credentialed veterinary technician who is looking to further his or her hematologic skills. It is recommended, but not required, that students complete Clinical Pathology: Hematology Sampling For The Advanced Technician: Part One before enrolling in this course.

This course will examine hematologic disorders, including platelet dysfunction, coagulopathies, DIC, and immune mediated thrombocytopenia. Multiple slides are presented, allowing the student to identify cellular abnormalities. Blood transfusions, a critical component in the treatment of hemopoetic cases, are discussed at length for both dogs and cats. Bone marrow dysfunction finishes out the course, including sampling and processing techniques that can aid in the diagnosing of disease.

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

  • list the functions of platelets and describe potential disorders associated with platelets
  • discuss the physiology of hemostasis
  • list and describe the function of all coagulation factors, and distinguish between acquired and hereditary coagulation disorders
  • describe the physiological process of DIC
  • compare and contrast innate and acquired immunity
  • explain the importance of crossmatching blood and interpreting results prior to a transfusion procedure
  • describe immune-meditated thrombocytopenia
  • compare and contrast lymphoma and leukemia
  • identify normal and abnormal bone marrow cells
  • describe proper methods for bone marrow collection
  • recognize common disorders of bone marrow


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

...Case studies and exams are most beneficial to me.

...Looking at the images were most beneficial to me and i liked that that best in the course.

...I liked the identification of abnormal cell on a blood film.

...found the coagulation and immunology section helpful.

... the coagulation and immunology sections.

... I am able to work at my own pace, and whenever I had the time. I was not tied to a strict timetable.

...I love having to apply my knowledge in study cases!


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.