The Veterinary Nurse plays a pivotal role in the investigation, diagnosis and management of skin disease in animals, and can participate in a wide range of techniques to provide fast and important results. With only a basic microscope, adhesive tape, glass slides and some stains, the Veterinary Nurse can collect and prepare many different diagnostic samples from patients. By collecting samples and analysing them in house, you can gain so much information that would otherwise have to wait a few days to receive and this can have a huge impact on the treatment for an individual patient.
This course will cover the importance of collecting good quality samples such as cytology from skin, ears, hair plucks, skin scrapes and show how these can be used to help identify the underlying problem. When assessing the samples, it is important to understand and be able to identify the normal as well as the abnormal. Examples of these will be presented and will form case-based discussions.
Learning points gained from this session:
- How to collect and prepare skin cytology, hair pluck and skin scrapes for assessment
- Staining and preparation of samples for microscopy
- How to set up you practice microscope to allow assessment
- Identification of normal and abnormal findings and how that can help with diagnosis