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Clinical Pathology

Clinical Pathology

This course aims to develop and improve your skills and capacity to conduct in house cytopathology as an adjunct to your canine and feline case management.

The course will take you through a logical and streamlined approach to cytopathology starting with cytopathological specimen collection and preparation; followed by establishing a common-sense approach to examining and interpreting cytopathological smears; and applying that approach to the diagnosis of common degenerative, inflammatory and neoplastic diseases affecting skin and lymph nodes. The course is designed to gradually and surely build your confidence and cytopathological experience so that you will be able to more effectively reach a diagnosis and apply that to case management.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and perform effective cytolopathological specimen preparation to enhance the likelihood of diagnostic success
  • Develop an effective framework for the evaluation of cytopathological specimens
  • Analyse and interpret cytopathological specimens to formulate a fundamental diagnosis that relates to the pathogenesis of the lesion
  • Construct appropriate fundamental differential diagnoses for cytopathological specimens collected from skin masses
  • Evaluate cytopathological specimens collected from peripheral lymph nodes to formulate an effective investigative pathway


  1. Fundamentals of preparing and examining cytopathological  specimens
  2. How to identify and differentiate pathological processes in cytopathological smears: Neoplasia, Inflammation and degeneration
  3. Cytopathological Identification of Common (and some Uncommon) Skin Masses. How far can you go in diagnosis?
  4. Cytopathology of Peripheral Lymph nodes: is it neoplastic, reactive or inflamed?


Monday 19 August - Sunday 15 September 2019
Delivered Online


BSc(Vet) BVSc PhD

Mark Krockenberger was brought up in a family that had a love and strong commitment to wildlife and nature. Consequently, it was not surprising that he  acquired a BVSc honours degree from the University of Sydney in 1993. Along the way he took time out to complete a  wildlife research BSc (Vet) honours degree in 1992 working under Professor Michael Bryden on the Southern Elephant seal. Upon graduation and marriage to a fellow graduate, Jo and Mark set out to focus on small animal and farm animal practice in Victoria, NSW and the UK. However, the call of his beloved wildlife was too much for Mark and he returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Science in 1997 to undertake a PhD on cryptococcosis in koalas, under the supervision of Paul Canfield and Richard Malik. From that moment, Mark’s academic career flourished and he proved himself to be an outstanding wildlife researcher, teacher and veterinary pathologist. He has an international reputation for his research in both wildlife and companion animals and in 2004 received  the Clunies Ross Memorial Award from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.  Mark has particular interests in fungal diseases, including cryptococcosis, and the broader topic of host:parasite: environment interactions in relation to disease causation. He has over 130 publications and a creditable H index of 28. Mark has received the National Pearson Education Uniserve Science  Award in 2006 and  a Vice-Chancellor’s Award  for outstanding teaching in 2009. He became a registered specialist in Veterinary Pathobiology after successfully completing his Fellowship Examination in Anatomical Pathology through the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Currently, he is Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Associate Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Sydney. 

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members