Hematology Techniques and Concepts for Veterinary Technicians / Edition 2

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Now in full color, Hematology Techniques and Concepts for Veterinary Technicians, Second Edition is a thorough update to this introduction to the fundamental concepts of collecting, handling, and preparing hematology samples. Covering the basics of blood composition, cell morphology, and sample collection, handling, and preparation, the book is designed specifically for veterinary technicians and students to gain a full understanding of why each test is performed and ensure accurate test results. In addition to addressing advances in technology, equipment, and test techniques throughout, a new chapter covers automated testing, and a companion website provides review questions and images from the book for download at www.wiley.com/go/voigt.

Key concepts have also been added to each chapter to better promote learning, and terms are now defined throughout the text, with the definitions collected into a glossary.  User-friendly and well-illustrated with charts, reference values, algorithms and photomicrographs, Hematology Techniques and Concepts for Veterinary Technicians, Second Edition is a key reference for veterinary technicians and veterinary technology students.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Eric Ryan Carlson, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a well-written second edition of a hematology book that is a must read for all veterinary technicians and students.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce veterinary technicians to new and current hematology technology, equipment, and techniques.
Audience: Written by a veterinary technician and a veterinary pathologist, the book is meant for veterinary technician students.
Features: The book covers general hematology physiology, techniques, and abnormalities. It has a great mixture of clinical techniques, illustrations, and current information. In fact, the color illustrations and the easy-to-read style are the standout features of the book.
Assessment: I recommend this book to any technician or veterinary student. It is better than the first edition.
Marcella D. Ridgway
This introductory textbook of veterinary hematology for student technicians includes abundant summary tables and figures to demonstrate hematologic techniques and concepts intended to complement the succinct, well-presented instructional material in the text. The simple, step-by-step descriptions of hematological procedures and concepts make the text understandable and useful for the most novice student while being detailed enough to be used for review and reference. The objectives are to provide a general introduction to hematology and provide basic information about blood components, laboratory test procedures, and calculations used in quantifying or otherwise assessing blood and blood cells, rationale for these laboratory tests, and the significance of the test results in veterinary patients. This book is meant as a guide to basic understanding of hematological principles and manual techniques and not as a comprehensive examination of the field of hematology. This book is written primarily as an introductory text for veterinary technician students, but is also a useful reference and review manual for veterinary professionals engaged in performing or interpreting hematological tests. Minimal previous experience or understanding is necessary to utilize this text. In the initial chapters the author presents introductory material about hematology and blood components. In chapters that follow, he details the collection and preparation of blood samples and provides a description of routine hematology laboratory test procedures. In subsequent chapters he presents more in-depth consideration of the morphology and physiology of blood cells and introduces cytology and immune systemfunction. Additionally, in Chapter 6 the author lists potential sources of error along with descriptions of routine test procedures. This helps educate readers about what not to do and how to troubleshoot in concert with his descriptions of the proper test techniques. A generous supply of tables and diagrams accompanies the text and some color plates of laboratory materials and photomicrographs of blood cells are provided. Adequate background information and theory are presented to allow for the understanding necessary to correctly perform and interpret routing manual hematological tests. A recommended reading list of general hematology textbooks follows the last chapter, but is a poor substitute for specific references or topic-specific recommended reading, which are absent from this text. A must-have text for the beginning hematology technician and recommended addition to any veterinary clinic library, this single volume has everything but the hands-on experience to carry the most inexperienced student toward competency in performing routine manual hematology tests. With careful attention to detailing basic concepts and techniques in a straightforward, step-by-step manner, the author of this text effectively takes the student by the hand and leads with patience and great care and does not presume any previous exposure to the material. The inclusion of ample discussion of theory, physiology, and pathology makes this book much more than just a how-to guide -- it is a guide to true understanding of the procedures.
A textbook for an introductory veterinary course for students with a general knowledge of basic anatomy and medical terminology. Voigt (veterinary technology, Eastern Wyoming College) explains the basics of blood composition, how blood tests are performed, why they are run, and the calculations necessary to report results. Most of the techniques he describes are manual or semi-automated, believing that the concepts are important to understand automated tests. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813814568
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,055,841
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregg L. Voigt, BS, DVM, MS, is a retired veterinary technology instructor from Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington, WY.

Shannon L. Swist, MS, DVM, is a veterinary pathologist for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health, Diagnostic Laboratory in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Hematology Laboratory.

2. Blood Composition.

3. Blood Volume and Effects of Blood Loss.

4. Blood Collection and Handling.

5. Blood Smears and Staining.

6. Routine Hematology Laboratory Tests.

7. Automated Laboratory Methods and Instruments.

8. Leukocyte Cell Types and Functions.

9. Introduction to the Immune System.

10. Erythrocyte Form, Function, and Indices.

11. Erythrocyte Abnormalities.

12. Anemias and Polycythemias.

13. Hemostasis and Coagulation.

14. Hematopoiesis and Bone Marrow Examination.

15. Collection and Handling of Cytology Samples.


Recommended Reading.

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