Cytology should form an essential part of the investigation of every case of otitis externa. During busy veterinary clinics it is sometimes difficult for the veterinary surgeon to take cytological samples and examine them effectively within the time constraints imposed by a packed appointment list. Nurses therefore, as part of the vet led team, can help in the collection of cytology samples, preparation of samples as well as the examination and reporting of their findings.
Cytological findings allow the veterinarian to make informed decisions about the type of therapy that is going to be most suitable to manage the case. Whilst the precise identification of otic pathogens can be difficult in some cases, a basic knowledge of the morphology of the different bacteria and yeast can help decision making when it comes to the use of specific cleaners, empirical antibacterial or antimycotic therapy or whether there is a need for the dog to be admitted for further investigation under general anaesthesia. This workshop will start with a basic introduction to cytology including how to identify the most important cell types and pathogens involved in otitis and will then run through a series of interactive cases.
Learning objectives - by the end of this workshop participants should be comfortable in identifying different otic pathogens and cell types and have an appreciation of the types of therapy that may be suitable for each type of clinical presentation