Athema Etzioni

Athema Etzioni

Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, USA

Title: Diagnostic pathology


Athema L Etzioni is a Board Certified Veterinary Clinical Pathologist. She was home-schooled and entered College at Xavier University of Louisiana at New Orleans in the Spring of 1994, and received her BS degree in Biology in the Spring of 1997. That Fall she was accepted into Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health. At the tender age of 24 she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in May 2001, and went on to complete a Veterinary Clinical Pathology Internship in the Department of Pathobiology in May 2002. Dr. Etzioni completed a residency and master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2005. Dr. Etzioni has worked in research, academia, Government, Corporate, and Private Practice sectors of Veterinary Medicine. Currently she is a Relief Small Animal Veterinarian who is USDA Accredited and licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in both Georgia and Alabama.


Diagnostic pathology is the key to the determination of the underlying cause of many disease processes. It is just as important to know how to acquire samples as it is to be able to properly submit samples to a laboratory to get good and accurate results. If the sample is poor, then the results may not be readable. If that sample is short, it may be inadequate for the machine to read. As both a diagnostician and a practicing clinician, I see from both sides the importance of great sample acquisition and submission. There are many variables that can affect the outcome of a test. Starting from sample acquisition, type of media or container sample is to be placed in, the timeliness of sample acquisition and sample submission, patient and sample information. These are just some of the variables that will be discussed in this session. Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic medicine as it relates to the clinical practitioner.

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