Author: Matthew A Garland, BSc, RSciTech, SAC Dip, Cert Nat Sci, VN, MRSB

Matthew is a laboratory director and veterinary laboratory manager with over 20 years’ experience in the veterinary field. He holds a degree in chemistry and molecular biology, and is a qualified veterinary nurse and a registered science technician with the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). He also holds various postgraduate certificates. Matthew enjoys all things related to the laboratory and has a keen interest in quality assessment/quality control and haematology. He has contributed to several published research projects, presented at all of the major UK veterinary congresses (BSAVA, BVNA and London Vet Show), and had several articles published on veterinary haematology and clinical biochemistry. Matthew is currently working for the Veterinary Pathology Group and also enjoys time as a lecturer teaching student veterinary nurses laboratory skills, in addition to delivering regular CPD sessions. He is passionate about the development of teams and individuals, and sits on the registered assessors board of the RSB and is a judge for the RSB Biology Apprentice of the Year.

ABSTRACT The importance of a blood film examination and the skill set needed to assess the morphology of a blood film can be overlooked in practice, in favour of numbers generated by automated analysers. However, ideally, numerical data should be supported by a blood film examination wherever possible.
This two-part series aims to provide a helpful guide to interpreting blood panels for those who are unfamiliar with the topic, and a useful refresher for those who already possess some knowledge. Part 1 discusses haematology, with a focus on cats. Part 2 will cover biochemistry and will conclude with a case report. A glossary of terms is provided at the end of Part 1.
Keywords blood, film, cell, count, examination, haematology


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