Companion Animal Specific Resources

CBC (Complete Blood Count):

  • The importance of blood smear examination. (Article first published in VetScript, New Zealand  Veterinary Association, May 2019)
  • Diff Quik Stains Diff Quik (DQ) stains are commonly used in practice to examine blood smears and cytology samples. It is a three-step system using methanol as a fixative followed by an orange/eosinophilic solution then a blue/basophilic solution. Learn more about Diff Quick stains.
  • Thrombocytopenia in Cats and Dogs. Thrombocytopenia is a common finding in CBC results. While smear examination is important in all patients, it is vital in those with low platelet count to verify the count, detect platelet clumps and examine platelet morphology.
  • Thrombocytopenia, the term used for a platelet count that is below the reference interval, is a common finding in a complete blood count of cats and dogs. This finding has numerous causes, but with careful examination it is possible to determine the culprit.
  • Haemotrophic mycoplasma infections in cats. Mycoplasma haemofelis (formerly Haemobartonella haemofelis) is one of a group of haemotrophic mycoplasma organisms which can infect cats in NZ.










Immune-mediated Disease:


Infectious Disease:


Liver disease, Pancreatitis & GI Disease:


Microbiology and Antibiotic testing:






Theriogenology (reproductive medicine):





  • Urinalysis. Urinalysis consists of assessment of
    • the sample’s physical features
    • specific gravity (USG)
    • dipstick (chemical) features
    • sediment examination for casts, cells, crystals and organisms


What’s your diagnosis?  (Case studies):


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