The Webinar Vet -Clinical Pathology on a Budget & Neurology from BSAVA 2019
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The Webinar Vet -Clinical Pathology on a Budget & Neurology from BSAVA 2019

Access 11 hours of online Clinical Pathology and Neurology content direct from the 2019 British Small Animal Congress.

10/05/2019 to 31/10/2019
When: Available to watch until 31st October 2019
Where: Online
New Zealand
Presenter: Steven De Decker, Rick LeCouteur, Ian Ramsey, Kathleen Tennant, & John Chitty
Contact: Richard Daly

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About the Course:

Recorded live at the BSAVA Congress 2019, you will have access to 11 hours of content covering Clinical Pathology and Neurology from world leading experts.

If you are interested in finding out how you can get more from your lab results without additional expense, making the most of cytology or get more from your neuro exam, understand neurological disease in young animals or treating spinal cord disorders on a budget then these online courses are not to be missed.

The course includes:

Clinical Pathology on a Budget

  • Getting more for no more from your laboratory – Ian Ramsey
  • Cytology: fine-needle aspirate techniques and solid lumps – Kathleen Tennant
  • Cytology: don’t forget the blood smear – Kathleen Tennant
  • Cytology: fluids – Kathleen Tennant
  • When to test and when to treat – Ian Ramsey
  • Point-of-care meters – Ian Ramsey
  • Small mammals – John Chitty
  • Reptiles and birds – John Chitty


  • How to get the most from your neuro exam – Steven De Decker
  • Cerebrovascular disease: do dogs have strokes? – Rick LeCouteur
  • Poorly puppies: neurological disease in the young animal – Steven De Decker
  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy (‘Wobblers’): diagnosis and treatment options – Steven De Decker
  • Spinal cord disorders on a budget – Rick LeCouteur
  • Cranial nerve disorders: figuring out the floppy faces – Rick LeCouteur
  • A logical approach to vestibular disease – Steven De Decker

Learning Outcomes:

Clinical Pathology

You will know what is meant by the term ‘clinical pathology on a budget’ and the limitations and shifts in responsibilities that it imposes

  • You will consider the range of outputs of external laboratories and how you can use these to their maximal effect in specific examples
  • You will know the advantages of providing external laboratories with a good summary of the medical history and what is contained (and not contained) within that history

Pick the best sampling techniques for the aspiration of lumps and bumps

  • Appreciate the common artefacts seen on cytology and how to avoid them
  • Screen cytology samples for inflammatory and neoplastic processes

Assess some changes in erythrocyte morphology and appreciate how these may signal underlying pathology

  • Identify certain pathogens on the blood smear
  • Use the smear to confirm or refute platelet measurements through the machine

You will know a selection of case presentations that may be successfully managed without the use of diagnostic testing

  • You will be able to develop a set of criteria for the assessment of any case to determine if diagnostic testing is likely to be productive
  • You will appreciate the increased need for clinical monitoring with a reduction in diagnostic testing

You will appreciate the current range, value and limitations of point-of-care (POC) meters with specific examples

  • You will be able to develop protocols within your own small animal practice that ensure the optimal value and use of these meters
  • You will be aware of the likely future for POC meters in small animal practice and be better prepared for their introduction in your working life

Understand sampling methods in birds and reptiles

  • Understand interpretation of biochemical and haematology parameters
  • Understand use and possibilities of faecal, urinary and bacteriology sampling in birds and reptiles


Learn the basic components of a practical neurological examination

  • Understand how a neuroanatomical localization is obtained by using a combination of clinical signs and neurological examination findings 
  • Learn how a reliable list of differential diagnoses is constructed 

Understand the causes and pathophysiology of cerebrovascular diseases of dogs

  • Recognize the clinical signs of cerebrovascular diseases in dogs
  • Discuss diagnostic and treatment options for cerebrovascular diseases in dogs

Understand why the neurological assessment in puppies is often more complicated than in mature dogs

  • Become familiar of the most common neurological disorders that affect puppies
  • Learn how common neurological conditions are diagnosed and treated in puppies

Understand the difference between disc-associated (DA-CSM) and osseous-associated cervical spondylomyelopathy (OA-CSM)

  • Understand the different treatment options for DA-CSM and OA-CSM
  • Be aware of the prognosis and most common complications after surgical treatment for DA-CSM and OA-CS

Understand what can be done before an animal with a spinal cord disorder is presented to a practitioner

  • Understand what can be done after an animal with a spinal cord disorder is presented to a practitioner
  • Discuss the limitations and benefits of using ‘clinical reasoning’ to aid decision making in the treatment of animals with suspected spinal cord disease

Understand the most commonly occurring cranial neuropathies of dogs and cats

  • Understand Idiopathic trigeminal neuropathy and idiopathic facial neuropathy
  • Discuss the localization of vestibular disorders and distinguish between peripheral, central and bilateral vestibular syndromes

Recognize the clinical signs associated with vestibular disease

  • Be aware of the anatomical structures that can cause vestibular disease
  • Be able to recognize indications for central vestibular disease

Price: $186 NZD

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