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VET 131: Clinical Pathology I (3 Credits)
Professor: Amy Laubinger


In this course, you will learn about hematology, the study of blood.  You will be introduced to techniques for collection, handling and analysis of blood and blood associated tissues.  You will also learn the calculations necessary to provide accurate results to your veterinary team.  Hematology takes practice, and every time you look at a slide, you will notice something different.  Initially, everything "looks the same," but keep looking...there really are many things you can see under the microscope! 

You will learn through a Midterm and Final exam, an on-campus Practical exam, Lab Reports, Blood Smears as well as Extra Credit assignments.  Please take advantage of the clinical moments and external links embedded in the lessons to other internet sites for further information and interesting side-bars.  You will also find the AVMA and NVCC Veterinary Technology Program's list of essential skills in this website.  Please be sure you complete this list with your mentor.

Your job, after completion of this course, is to distinguish normal from abnormal samples, as well as be able to perform in a timely fashion the manual techniques and calculations presented in this course.  Remember, "time is money"! (Benjamin Franklin)

  • Requires signing up for one of two on-campus lab sessions. Campus lab visits TBA.






If you complete this course and do well, you will be able to:

  • Do a complete urinalysis with microscopic examination and identify normal and abnormal components.
  • Do a complete blood count with relative and absolute differential.
  • Perform all calculations to evaluate the PCV and CBC.
  • Be able to promptly and adequately collect, handle and analyze hematologic samples.








Your course grade will be determined by exams, reports, and assignments according to the following percentages.

Percentage of Grade
Midterm Exam
25 %
Final Exam
25 %
On-campus Practical Exam
15 %
Lab Reports/Questions/eMeetings
Assignment Shopping Trip
Blood Smears/UA's with Analysis

Grading Scale


NOTE:  NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED failure to submit assignments by 12 midnight of the due date will result in a 0 for that assignment. 
It is the student's responsibility to read and understand this -- if you have questions, concerns, or mitigating circumstances, please contact the instructor as soon as possible






There are 2 exams in this course. The exams are online and must be taken at a campus testing center.  Additionally there is one lab practical examination that must be taken on campus in the laboratory

You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.



ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor


I am here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact me when they do:

E-mail : lsinn@nvcc.edu
Telephone :

You may also call me to schedule a meeting in person, either at ELI or my campus office in Loudoun. 


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.