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Hematology: Lessons From the Animal World

Hematology: Lessons From the Animal World

Seminar Overview:

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our virtual seminar on comparative hematology, led by Dr. John Harvey. There are many similarities between the blood of humans and nonhuman vertebrates. Automated hematology instruments (with species specific software modifications) are generally used for mammals; however, all blood cells, including thrombocytes, are nucleated in nonmammalian vertebrates and cell counts and leukocyte differentials must be done using manual methods. The morphology of erythrocytes and leukocytes varies by species of animal. Some blood cell infectious agents are shared between animals and humans and others are unique to one or more species. Some hereditary blood disorders of erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets, as well as coagulation disorders, are common to humans and one or more animal species. Some infectious agents of blood cells and blood disorders were first recognized in animals, and many hematologic diseases of humans also occur in animals; consequently, animals have provided valuable models for hematology research. We will discuss these various topics and how they relate to an understanding of human health and disease.

Seminar date and time:

  • Tuesday, June 23 at 12 pm EST
    • 12 PM – 1 PM lecture
    • 1 PM – 1:30 PM Q&A

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John W. Harvey received his DVM degree from Kansas State University, followed by a PhD degree in Physiology from the University of California, Davis. He then served on the faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for 40 years. He is board certified as a clinical pathologist by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. His research has involved various aspects of veterinary hematology. Notable first-time discoveries include an infectious disease of dog platelets named Anaplasma platys and inherited methemoglobin reductase, phosphofructokinase, and flavin adenine dinucleotide erythrocyte deficiencies. His most recent book is Veterinary Hematology: A Diagnostic Guide and Color Atlas.

John Harvey, DVM, PhD