1st Edition

Small Animal Cytologic Diagnosis

Edited By Anne M. Barger, Amy MacNeill Copyright 2017
    526 Pages 1306 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    526 Pages 1306 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Doody’s Core Title® 2022: 2.8/3, with a 5 STAR rating

    A powerful tool that can be employed in a wide variety of disease processes, cytology in small animals has gained increased recognition and clinical application. Small Animal Cytologic Diagnosis presents clinically applicable information about the use of cytology and indicates when advanced diagnostic testing can be beneficial to diagnose underlying disease processes.

    The book discusses the pathophysiology of inflammation, cancer biology and comparisons to histology to help readers fully comprehend the cytologic changes that can occur with inflammation and neoplasia. Also covered are some of the limitations and advantages of cytology compared to histopathology, important gross findings (e.g. body cavity effusions), and parasites and the associated diagnostic methods required. Further information is provided on oncogenes, reference values for effusions and bone marrow aspirates, laboratory handling of samples, and how to carry out certain diagnostics. The book:

  • includes chapters written by experts from around the world
  • is divided up into chapters based on anatomical region, making it very easy to locate information required for assistance with a specific case
  • provides multiple cytological images for the same sample, providing different views of what may be seen
  • uses technical language where appropriate but without overcomplicating the information presented: it is very accessible and easy to understand.
  • The book includes tissue-specific chapters focusing on diseases of a particular area, always in comparison to normal tissue. Each of these chapters concludes with various cases that include information on signalment, history, pertinent laboratory data, specimen images, final outcome and the underlying pathology causing the cytologic lesions, when possible. With more than 1300 superb illustrations, this comprehensive resource provides ample practical information for students as well as practicing veterinarians.

    Sample Acquisition and Preparation

    General Principles of Inflammation

    Cancer Biology

    Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

    Central Nervous System

    Respiratory Tract

    Body Cavity Effusions

    Lymphoid Tissues



    Oral Cavity

    Gastrointestinal Tract

    Renal and Urinalysis


    Ocular Cytology

    Aural Cytology



    Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy


    Amy L. MacNeill, DVM, PhD, DACVP did her clinical pathology training at the University of Florida. She began her academic career at the University of Illinois (2005-2013) and is currently an associate professor at Colorado State University.

    Anne M. Barger, DVM, MS, DAVCP did her clinical pathology training at North Carolina State University. She has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine since 2002. She is currently a clinical professor, section head of clinical pathology and assistant director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

    "The exceptional teaching skills of the editors are manifest in the thoughtful selection of content and formatting, which optimizes the clarity and accessibility of information. They have produced a book with the depth and detail to serve more experienced readers and at the same time generated a reference of unsurpassed utility for practitioners and an excellent training tool for veterinary students… This should be recognized as the premier publication in diagnostic cytology for small animal practitioners."

    - 98/100, 5 stars, Marcella D Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine), Doody’s Book Review Service

    "Authors of cytology texts have an immediate advantage in that their books are beautiful to look through, and this one is no exception. As you leaf through its pages you can see immediately the quantity and quality of the colour illustrations… It will certainly prove useful to have next to your in-house microscope as a references when interpreting your own cytology samples."

    - Clare Knottenbelt, Veterinary Record

    "The goal of this book is an admirable one, and it is clear the authors and editors are experts and well versed in their respective topics. Each chapter has insightful content and reference materials, such as an innovative table on the cytologic description and classification of lymphoma that is supplemented with a plethora of correlative images...It is recommended that Small Animal Cytologic Diagnosis is most useful for those embarking on an education in veterinary cytology, given the emphasis on lesion development, normal findings, and an understanding of how cytologic samples correlate with parent tissues. In addition, and although not stated as an intent, this textbook could also provide an interesting and potentially valuable resource for residents in veterinary anatomic pathology. In conclusion, in this book, a detailed focus on pathophysiologic mechanisms, may help to cement fundamental principles for approaching cytologic diagnoses with a deeper understanding of the underlying processes."

    - Jennifer E. Stewart, BS, DVM, DACVP, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK