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Blood Film Evaluation for the Veterinary Technician
Worcester Technical High School
1 Skyline Drive
Worcester, MA 01605

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
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2 CEU - A Complete Blood Count (CBC) requires microscopic evaluation of a blood film by a properly trained member of the veterinary care team. Creating diagnostic blood slides can sometimes be frustrating, but with a few tips – along with some practice – you can quickly become an expert. This two-hour lab will begin with proper sampling handling, slide prep, and use of the microscope. We will focus much of our time recognizing normal and abnormal morphology of erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets. We will also discuss methods for estimation and differentiation of each of these blood components. We will be using canine and feline blood samples to walk through this process step by step.


Betsy Hensley, CVT is the current Past President of the MVTA. She began her career in veterinary medicine at a general practice in 1990. Since then, she has had the privilege of working in some of the most progressive veterinary practices across the country. She started her teaching career in the corporate veterinary world at Ethos Veterinary Health as a founding member of their Learning and Development Department. She currently holds a DESE Vocational Teaching license in animal science and serves as the Department Head of the Animal Science department at Worcester Technical High School. In her current role she trains both Veterinary and Veterinary assistant students essential lab and technical skills at the onsite teaching hospital, Tufts at Tech. She has a passion for proper laboratory technique, continuous learning, and attends national conferences annually. She resides in Chelmsford, MA with her two legged and four legged family.