288 pages, 40 illus
Veterinary Laboratory Medicine covers all aspects of basic clinical biochemistry and haematology, and includes test-by-test interpretation of laboratory results. Information is provided on sampling techniques, the selection and use of an external laboratory, as well as near-patient testing and the practice laboratory. Also included are step-by-step instructions for most commonly used point-of-care tests, a guide to the evaluation of instruments for in-practice use, and a detailed explanation of the principles of impedance counting and photometric analysis. The book will be ideal for practitioners who require a guide to laboratory work, and for veterinary students studying laboratory medicine and clinical pathology. The second edition has been fully updated to reflect advances in diagnostic techniques, and includes new chapters on diagnostic endocrinology and feline virus testing as well as a much expanded chapter on diagnostic profiling and pattern recognition.
From reviews of the first edition: 'The publication is extremely timely and the title is perceptive because throughout the book the laboratory is presented as one of the inputs of diagnosis and prognosis, part of the range of information to be assimilated in clinical judgement and decision making. This is a clinician's book written by a first rate clinical pathologist.' - rnal of Small Animal Practice 'Veterinary surgeons who require a handy guide to laboratory work and students studying laboratory medicine and clinical pathology should find this book invaluable.' - erinary Practice Management
Introduction. PART I: HAEMATOLOGY. 1. The Red Blood Cells (Erythrocytes) 2. The Platelets (Thrombocytes) and the Coagulation Factors. 3. The White Blood Cells (Leucocytes) PART II: Clinical Biochemistry. Introduction to Clinical Biochemistry. 4. The Plasma Proteins. 5. The Electrolytes. 6. The Minerals. 7. The Nitrogenous Substances. 8. Carbohydrate Metabolism. 9. Bilirubin and Fat Metabolism. 10. Clinical Enzymology - Plasma Enzymesin Diagnosis. 11. Diagnostic Endocrinology. 12. Non-Blood Body Fluids. 13. Feline Virus Testing. PART III: SYSTEMATIC INVESTIGATION. 14. Investigation on an Individual Organ Basis. 15. Diagnostic Profiling and Pattern Recognition. PART IV: PRACTICAL LABORATORY 16. Sample Collection and Use of External Laboratories. 17. Side-Room Testing in the Veterinary Practice. 18. The 'Practice Laboratory'. Suggested Further Reading. Index.
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Dr. Morag G. Kerr, BVMS, BSc, PhD, CBiol, FlBiol, MRCVS, spent six years as Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, where she set up the first final year elective course in the subject in the UK. She joined Vetlab Services as Chief Scientist in 1988 and became a partner in 1993.