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Ear Cytology

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates how to prepare a slide to examine ear exudate under a microscope.

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Nicole Bernardi's picture

I was hoping that this video would be similar to the blood smear video, in that it would have shown slides of things like epithelial cells, yeast, mites and bacteria. Having at least a few of these would be a great help to students. :)

Jamina Cudjoe's picture

I was told that heat-fixing is a thing of the past & all it does is char cells. We haven't heat-fixed for years and we still have excellent ear smears. I just think it's an unnecessary step and that putting both ear swabs on one slide is also cost effective. Just make the smear in the shape of an R & L.

Teresa Conway's picture

This video would have more value if timing was included in the staining section and there was an identification section (i.e. yeast, rods, cocci). I was also surprised ear cytology was mentioned as a method to identify ear mites; we generally use a second slide with mineral oil to identify these parasites.

DiAnne Tackett's picture

I was really hoping, like some others who have commented, that there would be slide views and maybe some identifiers or various samples. We also place both samples on 1 slide, Each sample on their respective sides.

Jessica Waters-Miller's picture

Hi Arlett,
Thank you for the question! If you want to be very specific about it you can consult the instructions that come with your stain for example ours says 6 slow dips In the same stain before moving onto the next) or leave in each stain for 10-15 seconds. I hope that helps.

Kathy Estrada's picture

I agree with the previous comments, we would like to have pictures of the cells for training purposes for newer technicians, students and assistants needing to learn these skills.