118.755 Clinical Pathology in Small Animal Practice (15 credit)

Lecturer: Mary Anna Thrall BA DVM MS DipACVP

Join Mary Anna Thrall, an internationally-experienced and highly-qualified lecturer, for an in-depth study of clinical pathology in small animal practice a course offered in Massey University’s Master of Veterinary Medicine Programme (MVM).

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

  • to confidently assess in house samples; know what you are looking at and whether it should be there.
  • integrate findings with patient presentation progression of clinical disease and response to therapy.
  • to maximise the quality and reliability of information obtained on submitted samples - by developing your professional dialogue with commercial facilities.

The course will systematically approach the selection, collection, preparation and interpretation of haematological, cytopathological and clinical biochemistry samples in small animal practice.

How the course works

This course is taught via distance learning (you may know it as continuing education, distance education or continuing professional development) by an international expert in the field.

The course uses:

  • a full colour comprehensive textbook authored by your course lecturer
  • online presentations by your lecturer explaining key points
  • discussion forums to debate issues and clarify concepts in a learning community

Study each area in turn and then apply and integrate your knowledge to case-based materials.

Your lecturer

Mary Anna received her DVM from Purdue University, MS and residency certificate from Colorado State University. After 32 years teaching clinical pathology at Colorado State University she is now teaching at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Lecturer-authored notes
  • Study guide
  • Tutorial case material online
  • Presentations online
  • Electronic library access
  • 3 day workshop: face to face as well as streamed online

Learning community

  • Online case discussion facilitated
  • Social forum


  • Online test
  • Case report assignment
  • Final examination online

Course requirements

  • Internet access: you need regular access to a computer and the internet so you can participate in class discussions and assessments online. A high speed internet connection is desirable but not essential.
  • Textbook: Veterinary Haematology and Clinical Chemistry (2012) second edition
    Edited by Mary Anna Thrall, Glade Weiser, Robin Allison, and Terry Campbell. Veterinary Medicine Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa.
    ISBN: 9780813810270

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2019 are NZ$6746.  Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZD$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.


contact workshop (contact course)

The contact workshop for Clinical Pathology in SA Practice will run alongside those for the Diagnostic Imaging, Canine and Feline Gastroenterology and Cardiorespiratory Medicine courses.

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

Enrolments open 1 October 2017
Course start July 2018
Exam period February 2019
Course end February 2019

 *Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above.
Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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Massey University

In 2018 Massey University celebrated 55 years of veterinary education.

Read more about the qualifications and courses in the MVM programme, how to enrol and fees, our supportive distance learning community and key dates and timing.


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