Essentials of Cytology

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6th Apr – 27th Apr 2022

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Online Wednesday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

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CDP Value: 7 CE points

Cytology is a widely-used and accessible diagnostic tool across all levels of veterinary practice. It can be in-house, quick, inexpensive, and instantly gratifying. Yet the overall value of cytology depends on variables like case selection, sampling technique, specimen handling, and the skill of interpretation.

Are you choosing the right tool for the job?

This four-week online series is simply designed to help you reach a diagnosis through cytology. The course begins with how to identify appropriate lesions… is cytology the right test? Differentiate inflammation from neoplasia, and later in the course, we’ll cover some exceptions to the rules – including sneaky carcinomas which lack features of malignancy.

This course is perfect for those who enjoy visual learning, and is open to vets, nurses and technicians. We encourage anyone with an interest in pathology to register.

Do you struggle with…

  • Differentiating inflammatory from neoplastic characteristics?

  • Identifying round cells versus spindle cells versus epithelial cells?

  • Picking features of malignancy?

  • Recognising macrophages?

What if we offered you a solution?

This four-week online course is run by a veterinarian, veterinary anatomic pathologist and experienced educator. We spread the load over four weeks so you can focus on one topic at a time, building your skills and confidence. This highly visual and interactive course will have you FNA-ing and gazing down the microscope with more vigour and confidence than before.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • FNAs: making good choices

  • Practical sample preparation & handling

  • Decision making for cytology

  • Setting yourself up for success

Develop your skills in :
  • Differentiating inflammation from neoplasia

  • Analysing inflammatory cell types and their significance

  • Classifying round, epithelial and spindle cell neoplasms

  • Identifying and interpreting features of malignancy 

Workshop Schedule

Week 1 – Cytology: Art Meets Science

Why do some lesions lend themselves to FNA sampling, yet others do not? Consider the cases where cytology is likely to yield a diagnostic result and how to prepare those samples. This week explores inflammatory cells (neutrophils, eosinophils, monocytoid cells including lymphocytes, plasma cells and macrophages) versus the three broad categories of neoplastic cells (round, spindle and epithelial). The distinction isn’t always easily defined.

Week 2 – Round Cell Neoplasia

Engage in a visual journey of round cells including mast cells, lymphocytes, plasma cells, histiocytic cells, and rare venereal tumour cells. Explore the criteria for cytologic grading of mast cell tumours. 

Week 3 – Spindle Cell Neoplasia

 If you struggle to identify spindle cells based on cytology – you are not alone! This week looks at spindle cells and what to make them in the clinic. How do cytologic findings correlate with histology?

Week 4 – Epithelial Cell Neoplasia

Could you accurately identify epithelial cells based on cytology? What cell types broadly fall into the category of epithelial cells and what tissue areas other than the epidermis exfoliate epithelial cells? This week, we cover some common epithelial cell-derived lesions, look at features of malignancy as well as some very malignant tumours that commonly lack features of malignancy. Hint: glandular tissue is very tricky.



New skills, new income opportunities.


Four hours over four weeks, 7 CPD points.


If you invoice cytology FNA and interpretation services for $100, in just 6 procedures, this course has paid for itself.

Your Educators

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Dr Andrea Schaffer-White

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Qualifications: BVSc, BA, Postgrad.Dip.Ed.

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Specialisation:  Anatomic Pathology

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Graduating from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2007, Andrea spent several years in mixed and small animal practice before completing her residency in anatomic pathology at UQ in 2014. Andrea continued to work at the UQ Pathology Department, enjoying teaching vet students and participating in various research projects.
In 2015, she headed up the opening of a new small and privately-owned veterinary pathology laboratory in Brisbane, where she now spends her days reviewing cases, reading biopsies, interpreting cytology samples and providing a lifeline to vets!

Your Questions Answered

Are the online courses recorded?

Yes! Each live session is recorded, and the recordings are shared to each participant in a folder link. Registrants will have access to all the recordings for 30 days after the completion of the course.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165

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