Course Information

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5 August 2022 09:00 - 5 August 2022 10:00

Learn Online: Clinical Pathology for practice

Online , Online, Gloucester Gloucestershire, GL2 2AB

Learn Online: Clinical pathology for practice

Start Date: Friday 5th August 2022
Tutor: Tim Williams

Fees: BSAVA Member £130; Non Member £195

This course is aimed mainly at vets but is also suitable for nurses. The emphasis is on encouraging delegates to get the most out of their in-house kit whilst being aware of limitations.

Online activities (including quizzes and case studies) will support your learning and discussions on the online forum will be encouraged. We also provide additional resources to complement the course - the ‘BSAVA Bonus Bits’. These will include congress podcast recordings, JSAP and companion articles as well as a free chapter from the relevant BSAVA Manual (as well as a discount voucher for purchasing the whole book).

The first weekly unit will be released on the First Friday of the month, with the next weekly units being released on the following two Fridays. The discussion forum is open for the first four weeks of the course and the course content will remain available for a total of 12 weeks. You can complete the work how and when you choose over these 12 weeks.

Weekly units

Week 1: Microscope set up and in-house cytology of skin masses and ears

Week 2: In house haematology

Week 3: In-house body cavity effusion analysis and urinalysis

Learning Objectives 

  • Perform a cytology smear examination in a structured manner (including techniques for making and staining the cytology smear) focusing on cytology of skin masses and ear cytology
  • Recognise different cytological cell types and cytological criteria of malignancy in order to categorise non-inflammatory skin lesions
  • Perform a rapid blood smear examination in a structured manner (including making and staining the blood smear)
  • Interpret the most likely causes of important haematological abnormalities (anaemia, leucocytosis, thrombocytopenia)
  • Analyse body cavity effusions in-house
  • Perform a urine sediment examination and recognise common abnormalities
  • Interpret the most likely causes of common urinalysis abnormalities, including causes of error


Tim qualified from the University of Cambridge, and following a year working in small animal practice, he undertook a PhD in the Feline Research Group at the Royal Veterinary College, London. He subsequently joined the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, first as Senior Clinical Training Scholar (resident) and subsequently Lecturer in Clinical Pathology.

Vets and Vet Nurses in practice


Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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