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Who is this course for?

Veterinarians, vet techs/nurses, vet lab professionals

Are you looking at blood smears in-house? If not, do you need some convincing of why you should be? Then you're in the right place :) This course is designed for the veterinary professional who wants to stop being frustrated by blood smears and truly understand what they are seeing and what those things mean for the patient. The CBC/blood smear is a simple, inexpensive test that can pack a huge punch when it comes to making a diagnosis for the patient. But if you're not comfortable with what you're seeing, it's understandable that you may not spend much time reviewing smears. Well, that's where I come in! I'm here to help you not only feel more confident with what you're seeing but start to enjoy it and realize the utility of this tiny but mighty test!

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to the course!
    • A message from Kate before you get started
    • Module 1 Worksheet
    • Module 2 Worksheet
    • Module 3 Worksheet
    • Module 4 Worksheet
    • Module 1 Class Notes (PDF of presentation)
    • Module 2 Class Notes (PDF of presentation)
    • Module 3 Class Notes (PDF of presentation)
    • Module 4 Class Notes (PDF of presentation)
  • 2
    Intro: Basic Blood Smear Evaluation
    • How to evaluate a blood smear
  • 3
    Module 1: Red Blood Cells (Erythrocytosis and Anemia)
    • Part 1: Erythrocytosis
    • Part 2: Regenerative anemia (Blood smear signs and hemorrhage)
    • Part 3: Regenerative anemia (hemolytic: IMHA)
    • Part 4: Regenerative anemia (hemolytic: oxidative damage & parasites)
    • Part 5: Non-regenerative anemia
    • Part 6: Either Regenerative or Non-regenerative anemia
    • Part 7: Misc RBC shapes/inclusions
  • 4
    Module 2: White Blood Cells (Identification and Interpretation of Patterns)
    • Part 1: Leukocyte identification
    • Part 2: General WBC patterns
    • Part 3: Guidelines for interpreting lymphocytosis
    • Part 4: Blood flow cytometry & erythroleukemia/MDS
    • Part 5: WBC parasites
  • 5
    Module 3: Platelets
    • Platelet ID, thrombocytosis, and thrombocytopenia
  • 6
    Module 4: Pancytopenia
    • Causes of pancytopenia, bone marrow evaluation, and tips for bone marrow sample preparation
  • 7
    Module 5: Case Discussions (Real-time through my scope!)
    • Case Review Time!
    • Case 1
    • Case 2
    • Case 3
    • Case 4
    • Case 5
    • Case 6
    • You did it!
  • 8
    Quiz Time! *REQUIRED TO RECEIVE RACE CREDITS*
    • Testing Your Hematology Knowledge
    • RACE Certificate

Heme Course Goals

  • Identify

    Confidently identify what you're seeing on the blood smear.

  • Correlate

    Correlate your blood smear findings with CBC data.

  • Big picture

    Put the pieces of the puzzle together to determine what is going on in the patient and what are the best next steps.

What will I learn?

Not only will we cover how to identify normal and abnormal cells in the blood smear, we'll take that information and correlate with the CBC data to get closer the determining the underlying pathologic process happening in the patient.

  • Red blood cell abnormalities and what they may mean for the patient

  • Practical, algorithmic approach to anemia

  • Red blood cell parasites/inclusions

  • White blood cell identification

  • Interpretation of CBC patterns

  • Identification of neoplastic cells/patterns

  • Causes of thrombocytosis and thrombocytopenia

  • Bone marrow sample preparation tips

  • Through the microscope case discussions

What students have said:

  • highly recommend

    Samantha Gabree

    i am absolutely terrible at blood smears and really struggle with different types of anemias. this is hands down one of the best courses I have ever taken! i...

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    i am absolutely terrible at blood smears and really struggle with different types of anemias. this is hands down one of the best courses I have ever taken! its all the information you ACTUALLY need to know in general practice/ER. all the slides are great and i feel like everything was explained so well. highly recommend everyone take the course!! both techs and doctors would benefit.

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  • wonderful course and well worth taking for any veterinari...

    Larry Venezia

    I've been in practice for a long time and am senior partner in an 11 vet practice. Of course, I had a solid foundation in hematology as a student but that w...

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    I've been in practice for a long time and am senior partner in an 11 vet practice. Of course, I had a solid foundation in hematology as a student but that was many years ago. Since graduation from vet school, I've had dribs and drabs of hematology and cytology but never a well organized, very well explained collection of practical information all in one place. Most important, the information continues to be an easily accessible reference that I can review and refer to as needed. All the lab work at our clinic is done by well-trained techs but it's nice to be able to periodically check blood smears for certain patients to corroborate or double-check slides for accuracy and personal interest. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it to be a very worthwhile investment. This course is a great review and reference for practicing veterinarians. It also is a wonderful platform for vet techs to hone their hematology skills. The course is well worth the investment and I thank Dr. Kate for making it available.

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  • Excellent Hematology Course

    Gerardo Rodriguez

    This year I decided to do all my CE credits for my LVT license on Clinical laboratory related courses. Hematology is one of my favorite areas since I was in ...

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    This year I decided to do all my CE credits for my LVT license on Clinical laboratory related courses. Hematology is one of my favorite areas since I was in college. I have been working on a Veterinary Reference lab on the hematology and Cytology bench for over a year and I just love reading this slides and find incredible things (things that you thought you will only going to see on the books).  I has had the opportunity to see on blood smear histoplasma (it was super exciting), B. burgdorferi (yes, I live in Texas🤠🤣), distemper, mycoplasma, blast, IMHA, CLL, acute leukemia  and some others. This whole course it should be a must do on every person( DVM or Vet Nurse) that work on clinics and want to learn about hematology. It will help you understand and recognize what is normal vs what is abnormal and should refer to a pathologist. In addition, you will realize that although the machines are pretty accurate, sometimes they are wrong. Every sick patient should have CBC accompanied by a blood smear. Outstanding job Dr. Baker, thanks .⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  

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  • Awesome course

    Lakshmi Krishnan

    I have finished till module 1 now and am writing this review. It is an awesome fun course with so much information taught in such a simple fun way by Dr. Kat...

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    I have finished till module 1 now and am writing this review. It is an awesome fun course with so much information taught in such a simple fun way by Dr. Kate. I am so glad I took this course up to learn the basics of blood smear interpretation. It will definitely help one gain confidence in reading a blood smear and correlating it with the hematology analyser report and clinical signs. It's a very very helpful course taught in an excellent way. Many thanks to Dr. Kate. I recommend this course to anyone interested in hematology.

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  • Excellent course!

    Mario Cabezas Calvo

    A very interesting and practical course. She explains in a very didactic way. Also, English isn't my native language but it was easy to understand. Highly re...

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    A very interesting and practical course. She explains in a very didactic way. Also, English isn't my native language but it was easy to understand. Highly recommended.

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