Cytological Analysis Advanced (VETS9057)


This Unit of Study focuses on the processing and interpretation of cytological samples. This will include both fluid and solid tissue analysis. There will be an emphasis on description and interpretation of fluids and solid tissue cytology. There will be an expectation that report writing will be of a high standard. At the end of this Unit of Study, students will: Process cytological samples from urine, joints, body cavities and cerebrospinal fluid; Process cytological samples from solid tissue (including fine needle cell aspirates, imprints and scrapings); Identify and interpret cells and other morphological structures in fluids and solid; Interpret pathological processes and common conditions in cytological samples; Write superior reports for cytological samples.

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Assessment may be negotiated between student and supervisor to the equivalent of: 5,000 - 6,000 words of formal, written assignments (includes case reports), One 15 minute presentation, Cytological processing and reporting (non-negotiable).


Raskin RE. Meyer DJ. eds. Atlas of Canine and Feline Cytology. 1st edn. Philadelphia: WB Saunders 2001. ISBN 0-7216-6335-4
Baker R. Lumsden JH. eds. Color Atlas of Cytology of the Dog and Cat. 1st edn. St Louis: Mosby. 2000. ISBN 0-8151-0402-2
Cowell RL. Tyler RD. Meinkoth JH. eds. Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 2nd edn, St Louis: Mosby. 1999. ISBN 0-8151-0362-X
Cowell RL. Tyler RD. eds Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Horse. 2nd edn. St Louis: Mosby Inc. 2002. ISBN 0-323-01317-1

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Students must have current registration with the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board, Australia and must be admitted into a UVTH residency training program.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.