Getting the Most out of Your Clinical Pathology Samples

September 2016 by Ashleigh Newman, VMD, DACVP

Audience: Executive Leadership, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 53 minutes

You’ve probably heard the saying "garbage in, garbage out.” This statement certainly holds true for clinical pathology testing. In order to get the most diagnostic value out of your clinical pathology samples, proper sample collection and preparation is crucial. This lecture includes a discussion on blood smear preparation, as well as proper sample collection for complete blood count, chemistry, and urinalysis testing. Pre-analytic errors that result from errors in sample collection and preparation are highlighted, as well. This presentation was recorded at the 2016 ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine conference at Cornell University.

About Ashleigh Newman, DVM, DACVP

Dr. Newman graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Animal Science with Distinction in Research from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and earned her V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Newman completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service in Rochester, New York, and worked for a year in small animal general and emergency practice at Colonial Veterinary Hospital in Ithaca, New York. She then went on to complete a Clinical Pathology residency at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Following her residency, Dr. Newman has continued to work in Cornell’s Clinical Pathology Laboratory performing diagnostic service work and teaching within the veterinary student curriculum. 



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