How Can Veterinarians Improve Their Skills in Cytology?

October 10, 2016
American Veterinarian Editorial Staff

Anne Barger, DVM, MS, DACVP, clinical professor in pathobiology at University of Illinois, explains how veterinarians can improve their skills in cytology.

Anne Barger, DVM, MS, DACVP, clinical professor in pathobiology at University of Illinois, explains how veterinarians can improve their skills in cytology.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“Veterinarians can improve their skills with cytology in a lot of different ways. There are really good textbooks on the market and they have great images and they’re easy to read so it’s not like [an] intense textbook [read]; that’s one way [veterinarians can learn more]. Another way is through CE; there [are] a lot of continuing education events for cytology, so lots of ways to get some additional opportunities.

The other thing I always recommend is, if you’re interested in cytology and you do it in-house and you’re sending stuff out: stain a slide, look at it yourself, see what you think, [and] send it out. Then you can kind of compare how you did with a pathologist and see if you’re getting better, if you’re seeing more things, [and] if you’re identifying the important regions.”