In companion animals, bone marrow evaluation detects the presence of non-neoplastic and neoplastic lesions, providing important diagnostic and prognostic information. The online Bone Marrow Certificate program teaches you to evaluate bone marrow specimens (from dogs and cats) via cytology and histopathology. In Series 1 of this course, you will gain a practical yet comprehensive understanding of normal bone marrow and non-neoplastic disorders that affect the bone marrow. Neoplastic disorders will be addressed in the content of being able to distinguish these from non-neoplastic lesions.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Critique the bone marrow aspirate and core specimen acceptability
- Demonstrate the use of a standardized approach to assess normal and abnormal bone marrow aspirate and core specimens
- Integrate clinical information (signalment, history, and laboratory data) with bone marrow findings to establish a definitive diagnosis or list of most likely differentials
- Explain additional testing needed to establish a definitive diagnosis
- Describe and identify blood and bone marrow manifestations of non-neoplastic disorders of the erythroid, myeloid, and megakaryocyte lineages, as well as stromal and trabecular bony changes
In this course, high-resolution, annotated images, illustrated clinical cases, and Aperio-scanned bone marrow slides are used to highlight the topics covered. You will also meet for online discussions and synchronous microscopic case presentations.