Putting Pathology Results into Perspective
There are ever increasing numbers/proportions of samples that are being sent to external pathology laboratories requesting non-interpreted profiles. The generated results must then be interpreted (and acted upon) by the veterinary clinician and consequently, clinicians MUST have a thorough understanding of both how ‘abnormal’ results can occur, whilst simultaneously assessing the relevance of both normal and abnormal test results.
It is important to maintain a reasonable level of scepticism about any laboratory results that do not fit with the patient and clinical picture: Do not just believe all the numbers. Unexpected results are not uncommon and may necessitate clinical re-evaluation. Alternatively, unexpected results may be erroneous or misleading. Trends over several serial samples may be more informative than single results. Every test result needs to be evaluated carefully. Negative and positive predictive values should be considered for each result and clinical setting.
This webinar is sponsored by ASAP Laboratory.
Recording from 21 November 2019
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.