VLA 2022 Continuing Education



    The next VLA continuing education opportunity:

 The 2022 Southwest Veterinary Symposium September 22 to 25

    The Veterinary Laboratory Association® is again sponsoring 12 hours of lectures at the 2022 Southwest Veterinary Symposium.
    As in VLA meetings, lectures will be directed toward the people who work in diagnostic labs, with some added benefits. The Southwest Symposium is a much larger meeting (~4,000 people in 2019), with early registration cost for techs similar to VLA meetings. Registration entitles you to attend the Diagnostic Lab presentations plus all meeting lectures, and the symposium awards CEUs (a maximum of ~30 per person).   The conference is held over 4 days, but the “Diagnostic Lab” presentations will be grouped on Friday and Saturday, so you can just attend those 2 days, if you prefer.

What:  2022 Southwest Veterinary Symposium        

When:  September 22 to 25, 2022   with Diagnostic Lab topics on Friday and Saturday September 23 & 24.

Where:  Fort Worth, Texas,  at the Fort Worth Convention Center,



Friday, September 23, 2022

Dennis DeNicola, DVM,PhD  -

   Hematology – Interpretting CBC scatter plots
      A picture is worth a thousand words - Scattergrams 101:
          Part 1 - the erythrocytes
          Part 2 - the leukocytes.
          Part 3 - the platelets.


Jessie Monday, DVM, MS

  Food animal diagnostics :
     Bacterial and fungal infections - looks, sampling, reading slides, plating
     Ruminant and poultry parasites – fecal, blood, skin
     Hematology – normal CBC, cell id, abnormal cells


Saturday, Sept 24, 2022

Francisco Conrado DVM, MSc

Sarah Beatty DVM, Diplomate ACVP (Clinical)     

   Diagnostic cytology – Preanalytical factors and how to avoid artifacts (CONRADO/BEATTY)
   Diagnostic cytology – Confessions of a Pathologist - Case studies (CONRADO/BEATTY)
   Serum chemistry (not so) basics – Making sense of electrolytes and acid-base parameters (CONRADO)
   Advanced clinical chemistry – A case-based step-by-step approach (BEATTY)
   Beyond parasitology – How can fecal/rectal diagnostic testing help your patient  Parts 1 & 2    (CONRADO/BEATTY)



February 16, 2022