• Up-to-date, comprehensive, and practical professional reference book demonstrating laboratory procedures used for small animals, horses, and cattle

    The newly revised and updated Second Edition of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Technicians is an inclusive reference on laboratory procedures pertaining to small animals, horses, and cattle, providing information on hematology, hemostasis, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, parasitology, fecal testing, and quality assurance, with example cases that emphasize specific topics and explain their importance in a clinical context, further expanded upon in each chapter.

    The text clarifies ‘how-to’ information while also discussing the importance of ‘why’ laboratory procedures are performed in a particular way, enabling readers to gain true understanding of the topics discussed. To aid in reader comprehension, high-quality photographs labeled with magnification and stain information, which clearly depict cellular morphology, inclusions, and infectious organisms, are included throughout each chapter.

    The text also offers key objectives, technician tip boxes, case examples, and a glossary of key terms, along with a companion website that provides images from the book for download, instructor questions, and an answer key to multiple choice questions in the book.

    Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Technicians includes information on:

    • Sample collection, handling, and quality assurance, to ensure laboratory test results are valid
    • Hematology data collection techniques that may be used on a daily basis to evaluate the overall health of animal patients
    • Clinical chemistry data to indicate organ function, covering how different chemicals measured in patient samples relate to the function of specific organs in the body
    • In-house parasitology procedures, with important advances in molecular diagnostics have been made that improve the detection and identification of parasites

    With complete coverage of the subject, Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Technicians is an essential resource for students enrolled in veterinary technology programs and veterinary colleges, and may be used as a textbook to guide and supplement information provided in both didactic and laboratory-based clinical pathology courses.

  • List of Contributors


    About the Companion Website

    Chapter 1

    Getting Started with Clinical Pathology 1


    Standard Equipment

    Standard Supplies

    Sample Types

    Sample Storage and Preparation

    Basic Laboratory Safety

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Chapter 2

    Minimizing Laboratory Errors in Veterinary Practice


    Laboratory Considerations

    Laboratory Area

    Types of Laboratory Error


    Further Reading

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Chapter 3



    Components of Peripheral Blood

    Blood Cell Parameters




    Atypical Cells in the Peripheral Blood

    Blood Parasites

    Hematology Methods

    Further Reading

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Chapter 4




    Diagnostic Testing

    Further Reading

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Chapter 5

    Clinical Chemistry


    Available Testing

    Sample Preparation

    Sample Quality

    Clinical Chemistry Health Profiles

    Further Reading

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Chapter 6



    Urine Production

    Concentration of Urine

    Urine Collection

    Examination of Urine

    Urine Concentration

    Urine Chemistry

    Urine Sediment

    Further Reading

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Chapter 7



    Classifications of Parasites

    Life Cycles

    Effect of the Parasite on the Host



    Further Reading

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Chapter 8



    Hormonal Physiology

    Samples for Hormone Measurement

    Measurement Methods

    Endocrine Test Performance and Endocrine Result Interpretation

    Main Endocrine Systems and Associated Diseases/Status in Veterinary Medicine

    Further Reading

    Multiple Choice Questions

    Glossary of Terms


  • Amy L. MacNeill, DVM, PhD, DACVP

    Is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences at Colorado State University.

    Anne M. Barger, DVM, MS, DACVP

    Is aProfessor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.