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I have built up a wide range of diagnostic equipment and regularly attend courses to improve my ability to get the most out of this.

Our new digital Xray developer December 2012

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Ultrasound image of puppy's kidney

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Cancer cells from a lymphoma patient

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Our biochemistry analyser is tested regularly both in-house and through an External Quality Control scheme organised by the manufacturers who run a large laboratory in Wetherby. This means that every month we test a standard sample to check consistency and every three months we receive the same sample as 200 other practices which we test. We send the results back and these are compared with the others and with the main test machines at a professional lab. We are told how our results compare and if there is any significant discrepancy, our machine will be checked by the manufacturers.

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As of March 2004, we have a state-of-the-art blood cell counter. It uses a laser to examine thousands of cells to give an accurate measure of many blood parameters.

I use one of the newest monitors for ECG, breathing, pulse wave and blood oxygen during anaesthesia. This keeps a check on vital functions during anaesthetics and sounds an alarm if they do not remain within preset limits.

The monitor screen in use...

...and a dog all wired up for monitoring.

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Blood pressure measurement has, in the past, been difficult, but new equipment makes it easier. See the entry on hypertension for more details.

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