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VMED 5310

VMED5310 Topics in Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Instructor information
Instructor's name: Dr. Leslie Sharkey
Office location: E322 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Office hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Email address:

Course Details

Number of credits: 1 credit (course can be repeated once)

Enrollment cap: none

Day, time, and location of course: Friday, 8-9am, 280VDL

Term:  Fall and Spring

Course prerequisites: DVM degree or foreign equivalent 

Brief description of the course:
The course is in a modified rounds format. Cases from the VMC are utilized to present and discuss cytology with associated chemistry and hematology data.  Histopathologists are often requested to present follow up surgical pathology or necropsy findings.  Occasionally multimedia is used to include case radiographs or other data (serum protein electrophoresis, etc.)  Attendees and clinicians can request laboratory topics for discussion.  Past topics have included laboratory measurement of chemical analytes, test sensitivity or specificity (i.e. ethylene glycol test, FELV test), and appropriate laboratory testing for infectious agents.  

Required and recommended materials and the location of the materials:
There are no assigned materials for this course.

Course Goals, Objectives, and Expectations

1.  Provide in-depth, case-based, graduate level discussion of clinical pathology (hematology, cytology and clinical chemistry) topics
2.  Meet the needs of veterinary interns, residents and graduate students for board-level training in clinical pathology  

1.  Build cytology skills including understanding the strengths and limitations of cytology
2.  Deepen clinical chemistry data interpretation skills
3.  Improve blood smear evaluation skills and data interpretation; interpret bone marrow cytology and histopathology in light of hematologic abnormalities
4.  Facilitate comprehension of written pathology reports
5.  Facilitate communication between pathologists and clinicians  

Students are required to present at least one presentation that is critiqued; either a critical review of a topic of interest to the group or a formal, in-depth case presentation.   Attendance is mandatory and participation is expected. A sign-up sheet is provided.


There are no examinations in this course. Attendance is mandatory and participation is expected. A sign-up sheet is provided. 


Grading standards:

Statement of academic misconduct:
Students guilty of academic misconduct will receive a grade of ‘F’ for the course 

Senate student academic workload policies:  

Classroom expectation guidelines:








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