Clinical Pathology | Centre for Veterinary Education

Clinical Pathology

Achieve accurate, rapid diagnoses by refining your skills and making the most of in-house clinical pathology.

Do you want to maximise the benefits of your bench-top analyser and in-house pathology? Achieve rapid, cost-effective diagnoses with increased confidence? Ensure that your bench-top analyser is providing accurate information?

This course will expand and refine your diagnostic skills across a range of modalities including biochemistry, haematology, blood smear evaluation and cytology. You will be guided through a range of practical techniques that will grow your confidence, ensure you are getting the best out of your in-house machines, and enable you to go further in pursuit of a diagnosis.

Past Participants

“The Clinical Pathology course is absolutely invaluable for anyone looking to improve their skills in the subject. The 2-day workshop was fantastic and I left feeling quite confident in cytological examinations. I strongly recommend this course to any Vet, whether you are pursuing a career in pathology or want to take your GP skills up a notch. Loved it!”

Tiffany Peters

"Completing this course has increased my confidence with particularly cytological interpretation and put me in a better position to advise clients and apply appropriate management to my cases. I would recommend Clinical Pathology to anyone in clinical practice."

Karina Harding

"Thank you for a wonderful and informative course, I loved the workshop. I got so much more from this course than I expected, it has really fuelled my passion for clinical pathology! I'm kind of sad the course is over now."

Jennifer Judd

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this distance education program in clinical pathology is to provide an overview of clinical pathology and assist you in developing and refining your approach to disease diagnosis, while extending the range of tests you can perform and interpret in-house.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Develop and refine your interpretation of biochemical data;

  • Develop and refine your technique in making and evaluating blood smears;

  • Identify and describe abnormalities in erythrocyte and leucocyte morphology;

  • Undertake appropriate quality assurance for your in-house laboratory;

  • Confidently undertake and interpret tests specific to haemostasis, lipids and proteins;

  • Refine your ability to assess and interpret data from tests specific to renal, hepatic and exocrine pancreatic function;

  • Develop and refine your skills in best-practice collection and handling of cytological samples;

  • Develop and refine your skills in the interpretation of aspirates;

  • Get the best results from external pathology services.


  1. Introduction to Laboratory Analysis and Alterations in Erythrocyte and Leukocyte Parameters

  2. Disorders of Haemostasis, Plasma Proteins and Lipids

  3. Diagnostic Cytology

  4. Laboratory Evaluation of Hepatic and Exocrine Pancreatic Disease

  5. Renal Disorders and Urinalysis

Course Delivery

This online course comes with:

  • A set of written notes, images and a copy of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Clinical Pathology

  • Self-assessed cases to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and sharing cases with your peers and tutor

  • A monthly assignment based on case studies for each topic. Individual feedback and explanations will be provided by your tutor

  • A practical 2 day workshop, including microscopy sessions, to apply the knowledge you have gained 

Pay as you learn

Choosing your DE course is a big commitment, so there’s no need to add further stress by paying your course up front. To pay as you learn, you will need a $1,000 deposit to secure your place, followed by 50% of the total course fee 10 days prior to course commencement date. We’ll arrange simple monthly direct debits from your credit card over 3 or 6 months.

Note: Payment Plan will incur an additional $250 administration fee, and Early Bird rates do not apply if you choose the payment plan option.

For the full terms and conditions please see our Terms.

Distance Education

Thursday 1 February - Saturday 30 June 2018
2-Day Workshop
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June 2017
Early Bird
31 October 2017



Sandra Forsyth did a residency in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of California-Davis, gained her boards in Anaesthesia and headed back to New Zealand to teach at Massey University. After 12 years of late nights, emergency call-outs and backache from moving sleeping horses, she decided a change in direction was needed. Analysing clinical pathology results had been an inspiring part of both anaesthesia and critical patient care, so when an opening came up in the clinical pathology department at Massey in 2002, Sandra's new direction was determined. In 2004 she took up a dual position within a diagnostic laboratory and the university then moved cities and jobs to a full time position in a diagnostic laboratory (SVS Laboratories).  She loves her work–especially the interaction with veterinarians and working through the exciting and unusual cases that they provide. Sandra has been a co-tutor with Trudi McAlees in the CVE DE course on Emergency Medicine as well as running her own DE course on Clinical Pathology.

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non-member / eMember$3050$3200$3300
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

​Please note: All course fees will be charged in Australian dollars AND you must be a qualified veterinarian to enrol in this courses.

If you completed 2 or more Distance Education (DE) courses in the previous 5 years, you are eligible for a 10% discount on the next DE course/s. Contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to redeem this discount.

Further details

Have a question? Your answer could be on our frequently asked questions page. If you cannot find an answer for your question, please email us or call us on +61 2 9351 7979.