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Veterinarian Technician May 2012 (Vol 33, No 5)

Editorial: Introducing Clinical Pathology Close-up

by Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT

    Margi Sirois

    Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT
    Section Editor,
    Clinical Pathology Close-up

    Greetings, fellow veterinary technicians! I am pleased to introduce Veterinary Technician’s new clinical pathology section, called Clinical Pathology Close-up. As the section editor, I will help develop clinical pathology articles, including continuing education focused on your professional development. Click here for the first article in this new series.

    As I write this, spring is in the air. For some (including me!), this means thoughts of baseball and picnics. For those of us involved in clinical pathology, our thoughts also include heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks! Most of the United States had a mild winter, which will likely result in increased numbers of patients affected by parasites. We will be spending much time educating clients and peering through our microscopes this spring and summer. Therefore, I encourage you to visit the Web site of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). CAPC is an excellent resource for developing client education materials. The Web site also includes outstanding materials such as reviews of current recommendations for parasite control, parasite prevalence maps, articles by parasitology experts, and free brochures for pet owners. For more complimentary, parasite-related client information, visit Vetlearn’s Care Guide library.

    Clinical pathology recently became the 11th veterinary technician specialty to be recognized by NAVTA. The Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians (AVCPT) is establishing educational and clinical requirements for veterinary technicians who wish to obtain the veterinary technician specialist (VTS) credential in clinical pathology. Information can be found on the NAVTA Web site or by e-mailing avcpt.vts@gmail.com. Clinical Pathology Close-up will include information of special interest to technicians pursuing the VTS designation through AVCPT.

    I encourage you to contact me to suggest topics or share your knowledge of clinical pathology with other readers. I look forward to meeting and speaking with you and serving your clinical pathology needs in Veterinary Technician at Vetlearn.com.

    Best regards,

    Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT
    Section Editor, Clinical Pathology Close-up
    Wright Career College
    Overland Park, Kansas

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