Author: April Louise Murphy, RVN, ISFMCertFN

April is an RVN and has completed her ISFM certificate in feline nursing. She works full-time at the London Cat Clinic. She loves learning, developing new skills and being kept busy in her role. She is passionate about feline care and nursing, and surgery and anaesthesia. April enjoys teaching and supporting people. She hopes to encourage veterinary nurses, students and veterinary care assistants to have a voice, feel valued in their roles and to learn from each other.

ABSTRACT Diagnostic testing in veterinary practice is a crucial tool in determining a patient’s health status. Veterinary nurses usually assist with these procedures, and can share their knowledge of the subject area by getting involved with CPD and helping each other to identify normal and abnormal
readings and potential causes of readings. Laboratory testing can be a difficult subject to grasp, given the variation in ranges and parameters. This article has been written to help anyone in practice who wishes to strengthen their knowledge on this topic, from RVNs seeking a refresher to student veterinary nurses wishing to learn how to read vernier scales in preparation for their OSCEs.
Keywords infection control, blood testing, urine testing, microscope, blood smear, packed cell
volume, urinalysis, specific gravity, diagnostic


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