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Haematology

Webinar: Interpreting routine feline haematology: What do red cell parameters really mean?

Duration: 60 min

Watch this ISFM and IDEXX webinar looking at feline red cell parameters.

Learning Objectives:
  • Refresh on the haematopoiesis of red cells and platelets.
  • Review red cell profile: what do each of the red cell parameters mean and how they relate to red cell morphology.
  • Discuss thrombocytopaenia vs platelet clumping and how to differentiate.
  • Identify common feline red cell and platelet abnormalities: what changes may be visible on the red cell profile.
  • Put all this information together using clinical case studies.

Webinar: Interpreting routine feline haematology: What does a five-part differential really mean?

Duration: 60 min
Learning Objectives:

During this webinar Dr. DeNicola will walk veterinarians though the following points:

  • Refresh on the hematopoiesis of white cells
  • Discuss feline white cell morphology and purpose
  • Review absolute cells counts vs percentage differentials; tips on interpreting the white cell profile. • Identify common feline leukogram patterns and how to interpret
  • Put all this information together using clinical case studies

Webinar: Reticulocyte count: Why they are more important than just classifying anemia

Duration: 60 min

Watch our free of charge webinar presented by Dr. Dennis DeNicola on the ways reticulocyte count is estimated. 
In this webinar, we will review how the absolute reticulocyte count measures bone marrow response to demand for red blood cells. The quantity and quality of the reticulocyte provides insight into relatively common diseases with or without anemia. Case material will be used as a foundation for discussion on why reticulocyte count.

Learning objectives
  • Review the different ways in which reticulocyte counts can be estimated and their limitations
  • Illustrate why the reticulocyte count is critical for differentiating regenerative from nonregenerative anemia
  • Understand why there is high value of having a reticulocyte count when there is no anemia  
  • Understand how to use reticulocyte indices, particularly reticulocyte hemoglobin content (RETIC-HGB) as a sensitive and specific measure of iron availability for normal RBC production

Course: Blood Sample Collection and Handling

Duration: 20 min

This tutorial focuses on how to properly and safely collect and handle a blood sample from a canine or feline patient. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Prepare for the blood sample collection 
  • Properly collect a blood sample using venipuncture 
  • Correctly handle blood samples after collection 

Course: The IDEXX guide to haematology

This three-part course will help veterinary professionals gain the basic knowledge they need to understand and interpret small-animal haematology results, including using an automated haematology analyser and performing a confirmatory blood film.

Module 1: An introduction to hematology and the red blood cell

Module 2: The white blood cells

Module 3: Platelets and the blood film evaluation

Course: Dot Plot case studies for the ProCyte Dx Haematology Analyser

Duration: 60 min

The Dot Plot Case Book is an online training course for the ProCyte Dx Haematology Analyser. Included are cases that teach key dot plot patterns, each with important clinical implications.

During the cases you will review patients with:

  • Anemia
  • Inflammation
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Leukemia
  • Iron Deficiency
Learning Objectives:
  • Distinguish between red blood cell (RBC) and white blood cell (WBC) dot plots. 
  • Identify normal and abnormal dot plots. 
  • Identify the additional information that dot plots can offer. 
  • Recognize patters in dot plots to detect possible pathologic changes or clinical concerns.

Webinar: I need reticulocytes, please! 

Duration: 60 min

In this webinar, we will review the function of the reticulocyte count in the diagnosis and classification of anemia. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss why the reticulocyte count is the only way to accurately classify anemia, while MCV, MCHC and RDW parameters are often used instead.
  • Review actual clinical cases and discuss how the reticulocyte count play an instrumental role in the final diagnosis.

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Webinar: What “mild increases” in kidney biomarkers mean for the patient and practitioner?

Duration: 60 min
Learning Objectives:
  • Revisit foundational kidney physiology with specific focus on glomerular filtrations rate, and surrogate kidney biomarkers;
  • Recognize how to individualize reference intervals for patients;
  • Review new data that explains the importance and clinical role of “mild increases” in kidney biomarkers, and learn the clinical implications of these mild increases;
  • Use case examples to provide insight into how to utilize mild increases in practice.

Webinar: Feline renal biomarkers: from reference intervals to clinical application

Duration: 60 min

Join ISFM and IDEXX for a free webinar.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand a reference interval and how they are developed
  • Understand the difference between reference interval for creatinine and using creatinine for staging CKD 
  • Expand the use of other available kidney biomarkers to improve the diagnosis of CKD
  • Discuss feline concurrent disease and SDMA
  • Review short case examples

Webinar: A practical approach to SDMA beyond CKD

Duration: 60 min

SDMA is more than just a chronic kidney disease biomarker. It is more sensitive and more reliable than creatinine and is an earlier indicator of progressive kidney function loss due to acute or chronic disease. SDMA provides value in wellness testing and in evaluations other than wellness examinations, a topic that will include analysis of a new data set. An elevated SDMA can also be an indicator of concurrent diseases that can secondarily impact kidney function and should be investigated.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explaining how SDMA is a biomarker of GFR and how it can add value in traditional diagnostics in kidney disease in well and sick patients.
  • Assessing what next steps should be taken when SDMA is increased.
  • Illustrating the application of updated IRIS guidelines and how to use creatinine for staging CKD.
  • Reviewing clinical cases for diagnosing & monitoring of kidney disease.

Webinar: SDMA - Kidney Disease and Beyond

Duration: 60 min

Join ISFM and IDEXX for a free webinar on SDMA.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding the medical value of SDMA beyond chronic kidney disease
  • Understanding the application of updated IRIS guidelines
  • Reviewing SDMA test application in cases of concurrent diseases (case study)

Webinar: Increased SDMA - Now What?

Duration: 60 min

This webinar will review SDMA as a biomarker of GFR and the differentials that cause an increase in SDMA. Graham will address how SDMA can add value to your existing diagnostic workup for renal disease. Learn how to interpret a mildly increased SDMA, particularly when creatinine concentration is within normal limits.

Learning Objectives:
  • Develop deeper insight into kidney health and function.
  • Define the effect of pre-& post renal diseases on GFR and SDMA.
  • Highlight what to do and what not to do with an elevated SDMA.
  • Debate the use of creatinine aside from SDMA.
  • Give examples of the utility of SDMA in various biochemistry profiles.

Course: How to Run SDMA on the Catalyst One Chemistry Analyzer

Duration: 3 min

In this video, you’ll learn how to run the Catalyst SDMA Test on your Catalyst One Chemistry Analyzer. The process for running this test is slightly different from running other Catalyst tests because it must be run with a reagent.

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Chemistry

Snippet: The Value of Bile Acids

Duration: 5 min

In this video, you'll learn about the importance of bile acids testing for assessing liver function, screening for vascular anomalies, and identifying occult liver disease in both sick and healthy patients.

 

Webinar: Uncovering Liver Disease - When to use Bile Acids as a Diagnostic Tool

Duration: 60 min

Watch our free of charge webinar on the interpretation of liver parameters as diagnostic tools presented by Dr. Silke Salavati. In certain states of liver disease, bile acids can be a useful tool to specifically assess hepatic function, particularly when used in dynamic testing (bile acid stimulation test). In this webinar you will uncover diagnostics of liver diseases, interpret hepatic function test results in clinical scenarios and understand how to use bile acids in diagnosis. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how to differentiate liver damage from reduced liver function based on biochemistry profiles
  • Discuss indications for routine and specific hepatic function tests including bile-acid stimulation
  • Interpret the implications of hepatic function test results in clinical scenarios
  • Understand the medical value of novel Catalyst Bile Acids measurement 

Course: Introduction to Progesterone testing in canines

Duration: 15 min

Discover progesterone testing and learn more about how Catalyst Progesterone can be used as a reliable and convenient tool for reproductive services in your clinic.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the medical value of progesterone testing for canines 
  • Use Catalyst Progesterone to provide superior reproductive care

Course: An introduction to canine C-reactive protein (CRP)

Duration: 15 min

Discover Canine C-reactive protein (CRP) and learn how it can be used to identify and monitor systemic inflammation in dogs.

This basic course aims to give you an introduction to canine C-reactive protein (CRP). It also highlights the key benefits of running a CRP test and explains how you can use the Catalyst CRP Test to identify and monitor systemic inflammation in your canine patients. 

After this course, you will be able to: 
  • Understand the key clinical benefits of CRP testing for dogs.
  • Use the Catalyst CRP Test to identify and monitor systemic inflammation in dogs 

Course: The IDEXX guide to chemistry

This multi-part course will help veterinary professionals better understand and interpret small-animal biochemistry results based on a systematic, orderly approach to laboratory profiling, allowing them to make quick and accurate diagnoses.

Module 1: An Introduction to laboratory profiling

Module 2: Electrolytes and acid-base profile

Module 3: Kidney profile

Module 4: Liver profile

Module 5: Exocrine pancreas/gastrointestinal tract profile

Module 6: Endocrine system profile

Course: IDEXX SediVue Dx Urine Sediment Analyzer

Duration: 60 min

In this online training course, you’ll learn how to prepare and run patient samples on the IDEXX SediVue Dx Urine Sediment Analyzer, how to review results, how to maintain the analyzer, and more.

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Webinar: Diagnostic approach to polyuria/polydipsia (PU/PD) in dogs

Duration: 60 min

Polyuria/ polydipsia (PUPD) is a frequent presentation in canine clinical practice. PUPD may arise through several mechanisms. A sound understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and a rational work-up is essential to effectively investigate and manage these cases.

During this webinar, we will discuss common causes of PUPD and how the Minimum Database can help to focus further investigations.

Learning objectives: 
  • Briefly review the pathophysiology of PUPD 
  • Review the differential diagnosis list for PUPD 
  • Suggest a reasoned approach to working up these cases
  • Demonstrate how to the make the most of information from the Minimum Database in these cases
  • Discuss how additional tests may be useful

Webinar: Diagnostic approach to weight loss in cats

Duration: 60 min

Weight loss in cats can be seen with a multitude of conditions and as such it is essential to have a directed and pragmatic approach while considering the most common differential diagnoses. During this webinar with Dr. Susana Silva, we will discuss the most common causes of weight loss, why a Minimum DataBase is an essential starting point of the investigation, and what other additional tests may be relevant. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Emphasize the importance of evaluating clinical information before embarking on a long-winded investigation of causes of weight loss. 
  • Highlight the importance of establishing a broad-list of possible causes for weight loss from early on .
  • Review the extremely valuable information that a Minimum DataBase can provide in unwell patients.
  • Briefly review some of the ancillary tests that might be used to investigate potential causes of anorexia.

Webinar: Diagnostic approach to fever of unknow origin

Duration: 60 min

Watch our free of charge webinar presented by Dr. Els Acke. 
Fever can be caused by a range of disorders and a good understanding of the pathophysiology, with a systematic approach to cases with fever of unknown origin is essential in the diagnostic work-up. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the pathophysiology of fever in dogs and cats
  • Understand the differentials of fever and the stepwise approach to diagnostic work-up of cases with fever of unknown origin
  • Get the most from Minimum DataBase testing and be able to select appropriate further diagnostics in cases with fever

Webinar: The Minimum DataBase–What, why, when? 

Duration: 60 min

This webinar presented by Dr. Dennis DeNicola provides an introductory discussion around the Minimum DataBase, highlighting how the objective insights brought by the Minimum DataBase complement veterinarians’ expertise and experience for a consistently accurate and confident diagnosis of symptomatic cats and dogs.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review the core diagnostic tests included in the Minimum DataBase, i.e. the complete blood count, complete chemistry, complete electrolytes, and complete urinalysis.
  • Understand how the Minimum DataBase helps determine why the patient is ill.
  • Define how the Minimum DataBase analyses interdependencies in organ systems and gives direction for additional disease-specific testing.

Course: The Minimum DataBase: Exploring the complete blood count

Duration: 15 min

Learn more about the complete blood count and why it is an integral part of our Minimum DataBase.

The Minimum DataBase consists of a complete blood count, complete chemistry, complete electrolytes, and complete urinalysis. This online course focuses on the complete blood count and highlights the clinical benefits of including it in our Minimum DataBase. This course should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. The course also includes a case study where you can put your knowledge into practice.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain why the Complete Blood Count is an integral part of the Minimum DataBase.
  • Identify specific results that correlate with the clinical picture and pinpoint their value.
  • Use the Complete Blood Count to assess the underlying health of your patient’s health status and trend data.

Course: The Minimum DataBase: Exploring the complete urinalysis

Duration: 25 min

Discover the three parts of the complete urinalysis and learn more about the value of conducting each part in the Minimum DataBase. The Minimum DataBase consists of a complete blood count, complete chemistry, complete electrolytes and complete urinalysis. This online course focuses on the three parts of the complete urinalysis and highlights the clinical benefits of including it in our Minimum DataBase. The course also includes a case study where you can put your knowledge into practice.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain why the Complete Urinalysis is an integral part of the Minimum DataBase.
  • Summarize the three parts of the Complete Urinalysis and pinpoint the value of conducting each part.
  • Use the complete Urinalysis to assess your patient’s kidney health and upper and lower urinary tract disease. 

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