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Skin & Ear Cytology & Culture TimeOnline

Skin & Ear Cytology & Culture TimeOnline

This course will focus on maximising yield from skin and ear canal sampling, to enable targeted and effective treatment plans for otitis and inflammatory or infectious skin diseases.

Optimal sample collection and processing techniques will be detailed, together with basic principles of when different tests are indicated. Accurate interpretation of samples will be an important focus, with a wide range of cytology images provided that become a valuable clinical resource. Optimal treatment choices, based on cytology findings, will be outlined for otitis and common secondary and primary skin infections.

Finally, a series of cases will be presented to reinforce the material covered. Participants will be encouraged to practice skin cytology and culture techniques on their own cases throughout the course, and can present findings to the tutor for evaluation and/or to the group for discussion.

Past Participant:

“I have overlooked cytology in the past, sending most samples away to external labs. I now have the framework to do more in house and I believe that the cost of the course will be reimbursed very quickly by the fees generated from the increased knowledge. More importantly my patients will get much more targeted treatment protocols.”
Marc Pilkington, The Gables Vet Group, Canberra, 2018

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand when common skin and ear canal sampling tests, including microbial culture are indicated
  • Utilise optimal techniques for performing common skin cytology and microbial culturing tests
  • Accurately evaluate cytology samples from inflammatory and infectious skin diseases and otitis
  • Interpret results from cytology and microbial culture tests accurately
  • Utilise cytology results, together with clinical findings, to strategise treatment and/or further diagnostic plans for inflammatory and infectious skin and ear diseases, including allergies, infectious diseases such as dermatophytosis and dermatophilosis, and rarer immune-mediated and deep infectious diseases
  • Recognise if secondary bacterial and yeast infections require specific targeted treatment, or when it is appropriate to focus on managing the underlying disease


  1. Sampling & Processing
  2. Interpretation of Cytology & Culture Findings
  3. Treatment choices
  4. Case Studies

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline is quality online education delivered by veterinary experts in short, manageable timeframes.

Build in-demand skills in key clinical areas. Engage with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum. The programs are further enhanced by concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and round out the program. Earn 10 CPD point with completion of each TimeOnline course.

Prior knowledge

A broad understanding of common inflammatory and infectious causes of skin and ear diseases will be helpful for working through this course efficiently. However, the course will briefly review some of the key aspects of common diseases that are relevant to diagnostic testing and treatment choices.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Registrant Type Price
Member* $486
Recent Graduate / Part-time Professional Member  $303
Student Member $152
eMember / Non-Member $607

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021 to
Monday, 12 July 2021
10 CPD Point/s
Delivered Online

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Dr Linda J. Vogelnest
Linda Vogelnest
BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Feline Med.) FACVSc (Dermatology)
Dr Linda J. Vogelnest
Linda Vogelnest
BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Feline Med.) FACVSc (Dermatology)
Linda Vogelnest graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984 and worked in private and university small animal practice for over ten years before following a long time interest ...


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