The IDEXX Guide to Chemistry

This multi-part course will help veterinary professionals better understand and interpret small-animal biochemistry results based on a systematic, orderly approach to laboratory profiling, allowing them to make quick and accurate diagnoses.

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Module 1

The IDEXX Guide to Chemistry: An Introduction to Laboratory Profiling

This first part of the course includes an introduction to laboratory profiling and will cover common areas for confusion when interpreting blood work. It also includes basic terminology, the approach to organ system profiling and will briefly touch on results for both sick and healthy patients, as well as the value of serial data and trending.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain the concept and principles of laboratory profiling
  2. Think about large chemistry profiles in terms of smaller, organ-specific panels
  3. Understand the concepts of preventive care profiling and individualized reference intervals
  4. Understand how disease in one organ system can impact tests for other organ systems

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Module 2

The IDEXX Guide to Chemistry: Electrolytes and Acid-Base Profile

This course includes an introduction to acid base profiling and will cover common areas for confusion when interpreting blood work. During this course we will teach you the mechanics of how to approach acid-base profiling and identify the three most common disorders. Finally, we will walk you through how to identify and interpret some more challenging profiles to build your confidence through application and encourage you to continue on by illustrating the importance of this process.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the primary and secondary tests making up the acid base profile
  2. Understand the interpretive significance of each test in the profile
  3. Understand the factors that cause elevations and decreases in each test in the profile
  4. Use this understanding to recognize and characterize acid base disorders from the large chemistry panels
  5. Identify some ancillary laboratory testing and when they should be requested

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Module 3

The IDEXX Guide to Chemistry: Kidney Profile

This course includes a basic overview of renal profiling and will cover common areas for confusion when interpreting blood work. During this course we will discuss the principal laboratory tests used to assess the health status of the kidney, we will organize these tests into primary and secondary diagnostic panels, and will demonstrate the use of these diagnostic panels to recognize renal disease in two clinical cases.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the primary and secondary tests making up the serum biochemical profile for the kidneys
  2. Understand the interpretive significance of each test in the profile
  3. Understand the factors that cause elevations and decreases in each test in the profile
  4. Use this understanding to recognize and characterize kidney disease from the large chemistry panels (and laboratory profiles) obtained from real patients

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Module 4

The IDEXX Guide to Chemistry: Liver Profile

This course includes an introduction to liver profiling and will cover common areas for confusion when interpreting blood work. During this course, we will discuss the principal laboratory tests used to assess the health status of the liver, we will organize these tests into primary and secondary diagnostic panels and will demonstrate the use of these diagnostic panels to characterize existing liver pathology in several clinical cases.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the primary and secondary tests making up the serum biochemical profile for the liver
  2. Understand the interpretive significance of each test in the profile
  3. Understand the factors that cause elevations and decreases in each test in the profile
  4. Use this understanding to recognize and characterize liver disease from the large chemistry panels (and laboratory profiles) obtained from real patients
  5. Identify some ancillary laboratory testing and determine when it should be requested to aid in characterizing potential underlying liver disease

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Module 5

The IDEXX Guide to Chemistry: Exocrine Pancreas/Gastrointestinal Tract Profile

This course includes a basic overview of chemistry profiling of the exocrine pancreas and gastrointestinal tract and will cover common areas for confusion when interpreting blood work related to these organ systems. During this course we will discuss the principal laboratory tests used to assess the health status of the exocrine pancreas and the gastrointestinal tract, we will organize these tests into primary and secondary diagnostic panels, and will demonstrate the use of these diagnostic panels to recognize diseases of the exocrine pancreas and gastrointestinal tract in two clinical cases.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify the primary and secondary tests making up the serum biochemical profile for the exocrine pancreas and gastrointestinal tract
  2. Understand the interpretive significance of each test in both the exocrine pancreatic and gastrointestinal tract profiles
  3. Understand the factors that cause increases and decreases in each test in both the exocrine pancreatic and gastrointestinal tract profiles
  4. Identify some ancillary laboratory tests and when they should be requested to aid in characterizing potential underlying exocrine pancreatic and gastrointestinal disease

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Module 6

The IDEXX Guide to Chemistry: Endocrine System Profile

This course includes an introduction to the endocrine system and will cover common areas of confusion when interpreting blood work. During this course, we will discuss the principal laboratory tests used to assess physiologic functions and possible diseases of the endocrine system. We will organize these tests into primary and secondary diagnostic screening panels for each of the major endocrine glands and will demonstrate the use of these diagnostic panels to characterize the presence of Cushing's syndrome, Addison's disease, diabetes mellitus, hyperinsulinism, hypo- and hyperthyroidism, and hyper- and hypoparathyroidism.

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the principal clinical signs of major endocrinopathies
  2. Describe the primary and secondary screening panels for each of the major endocrine organs
  3. Identify the laboratory profile abnormalities that may be encountered in each of the major endocrinologic diseases
  4. Understand the factors that cause elevations and decreases in each test in the profile
  5. Identify some ancillary laboratory testing and determine when it should be requested to further diagnose a specific endocrinopathy

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