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VETcpd

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I organise online tutored cytology and haematology courses in collaboration with the platform VetCPD. These courses are primarily addressed to general practice veterinarians but can also be attended by veterinary students, veterinary nurses and laboratory technicians. These courses are now available on demand, which means you can start them anytime and you can complete them at your own pace. All these courses also feature DIGITAL CASES to make the experience more real, the same as sitting in front of the microscope.


The online skin cytology course has also been approved for three hours of RACE continuing education credits by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

ON DEMAND COURSES

FAQs about on demand online courses
  • How are these online courses structured? 

    • The courses are composed of a series of modules, each containing a webinar and pdf study material. The short webinars (you can watch them whenever you want) give you the basics you need to know on a certain topic. The study material (that you can print and keep) contains the same information organised in an organic way, a few more details and some useful photos.
    • Cytology cases will give you the chance to put into practice what you have learnt. These will also include a few digital cases to make the experience more real, the same as if you are sitting in front of the microscope. 
    • There will also be an online forum where you can ask any question related to the topics discussed in the course. The tutor is expected to reply on weekly basis.
    • At the end of the course, you will take a final exam (MCQs) and, once you have passed, you will receive a certificate of participation. Multiple attempts are allowed, so don’t worry!
    • All course material will be available for 1 year from the registration date.

     

  • What makes these courses unique?

    • We are the first provider in the world to integrate digital cytology cases within an online course for teaching purposes.
  • What makes these courses different from the tutored versions?

    • Course material of these courses is exactly the same as the tutored versions. However, in the on-demand editions there will be no direct interaction with the instructor (myself), except for the forum. This is the perfect solution for those that prefer approaching online courses at their own pace and do not need extra motivation.

    How much time is required for each course to be completed

    • The amounts of time required to complete each online course varies and depends on your speed and how much time you want to invest. 3-4 hours per week should be considered enough. There are no live sessions, therefore you can plan your study time for when it is more convenient for you. We know how busy the life of a vet sometimes (often) is.
    • All course material will be available for 1 year from the registration date.
  • Do these courses count as CPDs?

    • In the United Kingdom, these online courses count as 8 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development. For the other countries, we recommend you checking with the professional body or regulator of your country as rules and requirements may vary.
    • The online skin cytology course has also been approved for three hours of RACE continuing education credits by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

TUTORED ONLINE COURSES

Fluid Cytology

8 – 28 January

Step up your microscopy

5 – 25 February

9 – 29 September

Haematology

4 – 24 March

9 – 29 September

Skin Cytology

8 – 28 April

7 – 27 October

Lymphoid system cytology

10 – 30 June

Internal organs cytology

4 – 24 November

FAQs about tutored online courses
  • How are these online courses structured?

    • The courses are composed of a series of modules, each containing a webinar and pdf study material. The short webinars give you the basics you need to know on a certain topic. The study material (that you can print and keep) contains the same information organised in a nice way, a few more details and some useful photos.
    • Practical cases will give you the chance to put into practice what you have learnt. These will include a few digital cases to make the experience more real, the same as if you are sitting in front of the microscope. Solutions will be posted a few days after, and you will have the possibility to share your reports and have them checked by your tutor.
    • There will also be an interactive online live forum to interact with your tutor where you can ask any question related to the topics discussed in the course. The tutor is expected to reply on daily basis.
    • At the end of the course, you will take a final exam (MCQs) and, once you have passed, you will receive a certificate of participation. Multiple attempts are allowed, so don’t worry!
    • All course material will be available for several months after the registration date.

     

  • What makes these courses different from the on-demand editions?

    • Course material of these courses is exactly the same as the on-demand editions. However, in the tutored courses there will be a more direct interaction with the instructor (myself) that will encourage you to go through the course material by sending you regular emails during the 3 weeks of the course. This is particularly useful for those that are looking for extra motivation.
    • You will also have the possibility to ask questions on the live forum and to have your cytology/haematology reports checked and corrected by the tutor. 

     

  • How much time is required for each course to be completed

    • The amounts of time required to complete each online course varies and depends on your speed and how much time you want to invest. 3-4 hours per week should be considered enough. There are no live sessions, therefore you can plan your study time for when it is more convenient for you. We know how busy the life of a vet sometimes (often) is.
    • All course material will be available for several months after the end of the course.

     

  • Do these courses count as CPDs?

    • In the United Kingdom, these online courses count as 8 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development. For the other countries, we recommend you checking with the professional body or regulator of your country as rules and requirements may vary.
    • The online skin cytology course has also been approved for three hours of RACE continuing education credits by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

ESAVS

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ESAVS CYTOLOGY AND HAEMATOLOGY COURSES

Individual Courses and Comprehensive Study Program

The ESAVS laboratory diagnostic certificate consists of five one-week modules.  Some of these (e.g. CYTOLOGY I, CYTOLOGY II, HAEMATOLOGY) are entirely held online as interactive live webinars. Others (e.g. HAEMATOLOGY AND CYTOLOGY PRACTICAL) will be an onsite course. These courses can be taken all together as part of the certificate program or individually.

CYTOLOGY 2

11 – 15 March 2024

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This second cytology course will focus on the remaining areas of cytopathology that are still clinically relevant but tend to be examined by more experienced personnel. The topics covered include cytology of internal organs (e.g. thoracic organs, liver, spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands, gastrointestinal tract, uro-genital tract), cytology of fluids (e.g. nasal flush, TW, BAL, synovial fluids, CSF), and other districts (e.g. musculoskeletal system, eyes, histiocytic disorders). There will also be a small session on immunocytochemistry and one on histopathology covering all the information a veterinarian should know before collecting and submitting a histopathological sample for analysis to an external laboratory. Correlation cytopathology-histopathology will also be discussed.

Similarly to CYTOLOGY 1, every day the participants will be presented with digital cytology cases to solve in order to put in practice what they learned during the course. Digital cytology will give you the same experience as being in front of the microscope and is the best way to learn cytology from home.

CYTOLOGY 1

4 – 8 November 2024

Luxembourg

Cytology plays a pivotal role in veterinary medicine, serving as a valuable diagnostic tool. Its cost-effectiveness, minimal invasiveness, and swift results make it an indispensable technique.

This course provides essential knowledge for in-house cytology, covering sampling techniques, slide examination methods, and emphasizing the cytological presentation of common pathological conditions in dogs and cats, including those affecting the skin, ears, lymph nodes, and specific fluids such as cavitary effusions and urine. The course also incorporates a combination of live presentations, written study materials, and diagnostic algorithms.

Participants will engage in practical sessions, utilizing individual microscopes to gain hands-on experience, reinforcing the concepts learned during the course. These practical cases will be collectively discussed with the instructors at the end of each day.

Our course encourages active participation and includes dedicated Q&A sessions to foster interaction between participants and instructors.

Upon completion of the course, a comprehensive end-of-course test will evaluate your understanding of all the topics covered.

By the end of this course, you’ll be well-prepared to independently perform cytology examinations for most samples from skin, lymph nodes, and cavitary effusions.

Unisvet

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I also organise online tutored cytology and haematology courses in collaboration with UNISVET. Some of these courses are in Italian language and are addressed to general practitioners; others are in English language and are addressed to a wider public.

Questo corso di citologia accompagna il veterinario nell’introduzione teorica e pratica al mondo della citologia, dagli elementi iniziali di base agli algoritmi diagnostici delle situazioni patologiche di più frequente riscontro nella pratica professionale fino alle modalità di descrizione e refertazione.  Ogni giornata sarà suddivisa in ore di teoria e di pratica. Nelle esercitazioni al microscopio ciascun partecipante avrà a disposizione un microscopio e numerosi casi citologici da visionare. Si procederà poi alla discussione interattiva del caso con tutti i partecipanti. 

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