Vets, Nurses & Vet Lab professionals

Who is this course for?

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!

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 to determining the underlying pathological process happening in the patient.

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

  • Practical, algorithmic approach to anaemia

  • 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

Course curriculum

  • 01

    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)

  • 02

    Intro: Basic Blood Smear Evaluation

    • How to evaluate a blood smear

  • 03

    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

  • 04

    Module 2: White Blood Cells (Identification and Interpretation of Patterns)

    • Part 1: Leukocyte identification

    • Part 2: General WBC patterns (non-lymphoid)

    • Part 3: Guidelines for interpreting lymphocytosis

    • Part 4: Blood flow cytometry & erythroleukemia/MDS

    • Part 5: WBC parasites

  • 05

    Module 3: Platelets

    • Platelet ID, thrombocytosis, and thrombocytopenia

  • 06

    Module 4: Pancytopenia

    • Causes of pancytopenia, bone marrow evaluation, and tips for bone marrow sample preparation

  • 07

    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!

  • 08

    Quiz Time! *REQUIRED TO RECEIVE CPD Certificate and/or RACE CREDITS*

    • Testing Your Hematology Knowledge


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

Course Creator