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B-1018: Fish Hematology & the Role of Leukograms in Clinical Evaluation

B-1018: Fish Hematology & the Role of Leukograms in Clinical Evaluation

Presenter: Dr. Dusan Palic DVM, MVSc, PhD, CertAqV, Dipl. ECAAH. Professor and Chair for Fish Diseases and Fisheries Biology, Ludwig Maximilians University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Munich, Germany.

Date: December 17, 2015 Time: 13.00 GMT

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Duration: 1.5 hours

Career level: This webinar is suitable for veterinarians, vet techs/nurses, vet students and veterinary practice staff.

CEPD Credits: 2.0 hours of CEPD

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This presentation will focus on fish leukocytes, which are important to practicing aquatic veterinarians in providing information on how to interpret blood smears and the health status of fish. 
A leukogram is one of most common tools used during clinical evaluation of a patient, including fish. Unfortunately, for multiple reasons (such as presence of nucleated red blood cells), many instruments that are routinely used in blood cell analysis do not work well, or at all, with fish blood. While information about fish leukograms is scattered through scientific journals and some clinical textbooks, most focuses on just a few out of more than 35,000 fish species. It is therefore important for a clinician who wants to practice on fish (especially ornamental or pet), to learn how to distinguish the leukocytes in fish blood smears.

Learning Objectives - participants will: 


  1. Understand how to effectively collect and use rapid staining techniques to produce a readable fish blood smears. 
  2. Understand the value and limitations of the fish blood smear. 
  3. Become familiar with major leukocyte types in fish and their clinical significance.

About the Speaker: Dr. Palic is a third generation veterinary professor and for more than 20 years has focused on teaching, research and extension/practice involving fish and aquatic animal veterinary medicine and has participated in number of initiatives to enhance the aquatic veterinary workforce. He is a founding WAVMA member, Fellow and Past President of WAVMA.



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