The IDEXX Guide to Haematology

This three-part course will help veterinary professionals gain the basic knowledge they need to understand and interpret small-animal haematology results, including using an automated haematology analyser and performing a confirmatory blood film.

Launch this course

  1. Module 1
  2. Module 2
  3. Module 3
separator

Module 1

An Introduction to Haematology and the Red Blood Cell

This first module includes an introduction to haematology and is focused on the first component of the hemogram: the red blood cell. It also includes basic terminology, the components of the complete blood count (CBC) and common hematologic abnormalities. The second module will focus on white blood cells and the third on platelets and the blood film.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognize normal red blood cells of dogs, cats and horses
  • Identify common abnormalities of red blood cells, including size, shape, colour and inclusions
  • Understand and be familiar with common abnormalities related to red blood cells

Access Module 1

Module 2

The White Blood Cells

This second module focuses on the second component of the hemogram: the white blood cells. It also includes basic terminology, the components of the complete blood count (CBC) and common hematologic abnormalities. The first module provided an introduction to haematology and the red blood cell and the third module will cover platelets and the blood film.

After completing this module, you will be able to

  • Recognize normal white blood cells of dogs, cats, and horses
  • Identify common abnormalities of white blood cells, including the presence of immature cell forms, toxic changes, and reactivity
  • Be familiar with common abnormalities related to white blood cells

Access Module 2

Module 3

Platelets and the Blood Film Evaluation

The third module focuses on the third component of the hemogram, the platelets, but additionally covers how to properly prepare and review a blood film in order to examine morphology. It also includes basic terminology, the components of the complete blood count (CBC) and common hematologic abnormalities. The first module focuses on an introduction to haematology and the red blood cell while the second module is concerned with the white blood cells.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognize normal platelets in dogs, cats, and horses
  • Identify common abnormalities of platelets, including the presence of immature cell forms, toxic changes, and reactivity
  • Be familiar with common abnormalities related to platelets
  • Properly prepare and evaluate a blood film for morphologic changes and abnormalities

Access Module 3