Cytology Sample Collection, Preparation and Handling (for nurses)
Cytology has many advantages over histopathology, however it also has its limitations. Adequate sample collection, preparation and handling is of upmost importance when it comes to cytological interpretation as it is the veterinarian’s/nurse’s responsibility to not only collect the specimen appropriately, but to also adequately prepare the specimens that are to be presented for cytological examination. Regardless of the experience of the nurse, clinician or veterinary pathologist examining the smears, poor sample collection and preparation will most likely result in interpretations such as; ‘Open’, ‘Equivocal’ or ‘Non Diagnostic’. Improving the quality of cytological submissions will maximise the likelihood of a meaningful cytological description and a more accurate cytological interpretation.
Recording from 07.09.2017
Dr Brett Stone BVSc (Hons), BBiomedSc (Hons), M.Phil, MACVSc
Prior to commencing BVSc studies, Brett completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences with Class I Honours at James Cook University, North Queensland. Brett graduated as a veterinarian from the University of QLD with Class I Honours in 2001 and worked in mixed animal practice on the outskirts of Brisbane for two years before returning to the University of QLD to undertake an internship/residency funded by QML Vetnostics in veterinary pathology. As a pathology intern Brett also concurrently undertook a research master’s project investigating the colonisation and excretion of E.coli serotype O157 in adult cattle. In 2006, after completing the internship, Brett lectured in clinical pathology at the University of QLD, was a contracted pathologist at QML Vetnostics and attained membership qualifications with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Pathology. In 2007-2008, Brett worked as a diagnostic pathologist at Cytopath Ltd in the UK, then returning to QML Vetnostics in 2008. After a brief hiatus, Brett accepted the role of supervising pathologist at Vetnostics in 2014. Brett has extensive experience in cytology and histopathology with special interest in immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry. In 2015, Brett successfully passed the American College of Veterinary Pathologist examinations and is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in Clinical Pathology.