Skin & Ear Cytology & Culture | Centre for Veterinary Education

Skin & Ear Cytology & Culture

Skin & Ear Cytology & Culture

This course will help optimise your approach to skin and ear canal diseases, by enabling more accurate recognition of the presence or absence of secondary infections, and ultimately more targeted and effective treatment plans.

It will cover optimal collection and processing techniques for useful tests, together with an outline of test indications. Important principles for interpreting samples will be detailed, and a wide range of cytology images provided as a valuable clinical resource.

Optimal treatment choices, based on cytology findings, will be outlined for common secondary skin infections and otitis. 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 present findings to the group for discussion.

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.

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.

The TimeOnline nurse rate is the same as the Recent Grad/Part-time member rate in the table below. If you are a nurse and would like to register please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979.

Learning objectives

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

  • Perform commonly used skin cytology and microbial culturing tests using optimal techniques
  • Evaluate cytology samples from inflammatory and infectious skin disease and otitis cases independently and accurately
  • Interpret results from cytology and microbial culture tests accurately
  • Formulate targeted treatment and/or further diagnostic plans based on cytology results together with clinical findings for a range of inflammatory and infectious skin and ear canal diseases, including allergies, infectious diseases such as dermatophytosis, and some immune-mediated diseases including pemphigus foliaceus
  • Recognise if active secondary bacterial and yeast infections are present or if it is appropriate to focus on managing the underlying disease
  • Recognise when microbial culture testing is indicated, and have improved ability to analyse microbial culture test results to accurately guide optimal therapies


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


Monday 16 September - Sunday 13 October 2019
Delivered Online


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 in dermatology. Linda achieved Membership of the ANZCVS in Feline Medicine in 1997 and Fellowship in Veterinary Dermatology in 2003, and ran a clinical dermatology service at the University of Sydney for many years. She moved her clinical dermatology service to the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in 2013, but continues to teach dermatology to veterinary students, and is passionate about increasing understanding and practical application of dermatology in general practice. Linda's special interests include atopic dermatitis, otitis, skin cytology and biopsy sampling, and dermatology in exotics and horses.

Course Fees

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