Cytology is Hard...

How will this course help me?

Have you every been sitting at the microscope and found yourself completely overwhelmed?

Maybe sending your FNA to the lab isn't an option, and you've got about 5 minutes to figure this out before you have to move on to the next appointment.

Everything is looking like blue and purple blobs, and you're starting to see red because you're so frustrated. Or maybe you have always loved cytology and you just want to feel more confident in your interpretations?

Perhaps you're a shelter vet with a limited budget, or maybe you have a really sick patient that can't wait 2 days for a cytology report to come back.

Whatever your motivation is to up your cyto game, I created this course to help you get there! I love what I do, and helping vet professionals feel more comfortable with cytology gives me warm and fuzzies like you wouldn't believe.

Not only do I want you to feel more comfortable with cytology so that you can confidently use it to help your patients, I want you to enjoy it too!

The tiny microscopic world is a incredibly interesting one with immense power to improve your patient care, but building a solid foundation is essential to moving from frustrated to fascinated-- and that's what this course is for!

Ok cool. So...What Will I Learn in This Course?

Chances are good that most of your FNAs are from mass-like lesions on the skin and subcutaneous layers. And in this course, we will dig into how to interpret those FNAs! The course is full to the brim with practical information, but some of the topics covered include:

  • How to feel less frustrated and more organized in your thought process using the cytologic algorithm

  • Identifying common inflammatory patterns and putting the pieces together to know what those patterns mean

  • Bugs bugs and more bugs! Common bacterial and fungal organisms you may see in your FNAs and how to tell them apart

  • Cytologic characteristics of different cell categories (epithelial, mesenchymal, and round cells)

  • How to tell if a cell is benign or malignant (and when we can't make that call on cytology!)

  • Comprehensive review of some of the most common skin mass cytologies you'll run into

  • Cytology of mammary lesions and the roadblocks we encounter with this tissue

  • The prostate: BPH vs. infection vs. neoplasia

  • Butt masses! (perianal and anal sac)

  • Salivary glands: Why they might be big

Don't just take our word for it...

Sophie Lumb

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“Such an insightful CPD with such an inspiring speaker. Absolutely loved it. ”

“Such an insightful CPD with such an inspiring speaker. Absolutely loved it. ”

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About Kate.

Instructor Bio:

Driven by her enthusiasm for all things microscopic, Dr Kate Baker is a veterinary clinical pathologist on a mission to help veterinary professionals become more comfortable with and excited by, cytology and haematology. Kate grew up in Nashville, TN and completed her DVM degree at the University of Tennessee in 2012. Following veterinary school, she completed a small animal surgery and medicine rotating internship and then a Clinical Pathology Residency and Masters program at the University of Illinois. She became board certified in Veterinary Clinical Pathology in 2016. Dr Baker has particular academic interest in infectious diseases and haematological disorders and has published works in major veterinary clinical pathology textbooks and journals. However, one of the main joys of her career thus far has been teaching veterinary professionals and watching frustrations transform into confidence and excitement. She is the creator and moderator of the highly active Facebook group "Veterinary Cytology Coffeehouse: Cases and Conversation" and Speaks internationally at conferences. In her time outside of the lab, she enjoys woodworking, music festivals and trying new craft beers from breweries around the world. She loves spending time with her husband Will (who is an ER Veterinarian) and 2 year old son, Anderson. They live in Louisville, KY in a 110 year old renovated farmhouse and share their home with two angry but loveable Chihuahuas.

Kate Baker

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to the Course!

  • 02

    Module 1: The Cytologic Algorithm

    • Part 1: Intro and cysts

    • Part 2: Inflammation

    • Part 3: Neoplasia

    • Part 4: Criteria of Malignancy

  • 03

    Module 2: Ten Most Common Skin Mass Cytologies

    • Part 1: Mast cell tumors

    • Part 2: Soft tissue sarcoma and trichoblastoma

    • Part 3: Sebaceous adenoma/hyperplasia, keratin inclusion cyst, and histiocytoma

    • Part 4: Vaccine reaction, lipoma, abscess, papilloma

  • 04

    Module 3: Subcutaneous and Glandular Structures

    • Part 1: Mammary

    • Part 2: Salivary and thyroid

    • Part 3: Prostate and anal sac/perianal

  • 05

    Module 4: Case Review (viewed through my scope in real time!)

    • Case review time!

    • Case 1

    • Case 2

    • Case 3

    • Case 4

    • Case 5

    • Case 6

    • Case 7

    • Case 8

    • Case 9

    • Case 10

    • You did it!

  • 06


    • Testing Your Cytology Knowledge

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