Clinical Pathology for Fin-Fish and Selected Crustaceans

InstructorsJill Arnold  and  Mark Fast ( and others TBA )

The workshop will begin on September 2nd in the afternoon from 1 pm to 4:30 pm and will take place at the Atlantic Veterinary College – University of Prince Edward Island

This workshop will include lectures covering selected fin-fish and crustacean blood cell morphology, hematology and clinical chemistry techniques, interpretation of findings. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to collect blood samples from fin-fish (local sturgeon, salmonid and Koi species) and perform a CBC and chemistry panel, and collect hemolymph for total hemocyte counts from American lobsters. Learning objectives include phlebotomy and specimen handling, preserving cells in formalin for manual cell counts in Natt and Herrick diluent, preparation and staining of blood smears, WBC differentials and running a chemistry panel using the Abaxis VetScan with Avian/Reptilian rotors.

This workshop will be restricted to 30 participants, who will work in pairs.  Selection will be on a first come basis, and opens along with conference registration in January 2018.

The workshop will be RACE-Approved  for 3.5 Hours of Continuing Education Credits for veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians.