VeV in Vietnam, June 2013

Report by Dr. Somporn Techangamsuwani
Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Science,
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, June 2013

First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. Shane Ryan and Dr. Huynh Thi Thanh Ngoc (Jade) for inviting me as one of two speakers of this AOVG/FAVA continuing education activity. My co-presenter was Prof. Veronica A. Matawaran from the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of the Philippines.

       Dr. Somporn Techangamsuwan
Dr. Somporn Techangamsuwan

The event was held 22nd - 23rd June 2013 at the University of Agriculture and Forestry (Nong Lam University), HCMC.

For better understanding of all participants, Dr. Le Quang Thong, Associate Dean of the University, interpreted from English to Vietnamese.

The major topic was “Clinical Pathology in Small Animals”.

My first lecture was “Haematology: What CBC and blood morphology tell us?” with 2 case studies.

Haematology: What CBC and blood morphology tell us?

This lecture aimed to remind participants of the basic of information regarding blood results, abnormal blood morphology, artefacts as well as how to interpret the findings. The systemic case approach was further discussed with 2 case studies as examples.

The second lecture was “Step-by-Step for Cytologic differentiation of Neoplastic Cells”. When patients come to clinics or hospitals with skin lumps, veterinarians need to perform fine needle aspiration (FNA) in order to get the quick and reliable tentative diagnosis. However, most vets are not able to interpret the results of cytology from FNA samples.

Step-by-Step for Cytologic differentiation of Neoplastic Cells

The objective of this lecture was to introduce step-by-step for differentiation of tumour cells under microscopic examination. Basically, tumour cells are classified into 3 categories; epithelial cell tumour, mesenchymal cell tumour and round cell tumour. The participants also learned how to judge when tumour cells are benign or malignant and recognized the special characteristics of some tumour cell types through numerous cases.

Clinical Pathology in Small Animals, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam  June 2013

Finally, my thankful also go to all staff of Vietnam Small Animal Veterinary Association (VSAVA), volunteer students and Vietnamese participants who made my first time in Vietnam memorable and fantastic. 

organisers, speakers & participants at the AOVG seminar
"Clinical Pathology in Small Animals"

Somporn Techangamsuwan

Somporn's full report (PDF) can be found here
Report by Dr. Veronica A. Matawaran
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences,
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of the Philippines

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, June 2013

The Training Course on Clinical Examination in Small Animals organized by the Vietnam Small Animal Veterinary Association (VSAVA) and Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations (FAVA) held last June 22-23, 2013 at Nom Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam was another exciting experience for me. Being my first time to come to Vietnam, my request for somebody to meet me at the airport from the organizers was arranged and I was warmly welcomed by a volunteer student who has a very good command of the English language. Arriving at the beautiful city of Saigon, I thank God for the safe travel. I am very honored to have met again personally FAVA President-Elect Dr. Shane Ryan, and for the first time VSAVA President and successful veterinary practitioner Dr. Jade Ngoc during our first  dinner together with Dr. Karlo Gicana, a colleague from the University of the Philippines.

   Dr. Veronica Matawaran
Veronica A. Matawaran

More than 40 veterinary practitioners including academicians from different parts of Vietnam attended the training course. The lectures concentrated on clinical pathology applications in small animal practice specifically hematology and diagnostic cytology and introduction to animal welfare.

Dr. Somporn Techangamsuwan from  Chulalongkorn University of Thailand dealt with the interpretation of hematology and cytology  while I concentrated on diagnostic cytology dealing  more deeply on the basics such as proper sample collection, submission and processing for accurate interpretation including differentiation of neoplasms from inflammatory lesions. Introduction to animal welfare lecture was delivered emphatically by Dr. Karlo Gicana.

students & participants
Left: student volunteers. Right: VSAVA participants

The three lecturers, Drs. Techangamsuwan, Gicana and myself delivered the lectures in English which were ably translated in Vietnamese by the Associate Dean of Nom Lang University and Lecturer, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Dr. Le Quang Thong. Through the translation in native language, I believe the lectures were well understood by the participants. During the open forum, questions from the participants were more on the practical side of laboratory interpretation of lesions.

post-seminar dinner
The course ended during a get-together dinner with the training course lecturers, organizers, faculty and student volunteers from Nom Lang University. Vietnamese food was great!

Lecturers, organisers & helpers at dinner after the seminars

Veronica at Notre Dame Cathedral
Dr. Veronica at Notre Dame Cathedral HCMC    
To get to know more of the country and the people, I took the liberty and leisure to go around the city on my last day of stay and visited the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum which were at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City.

With these short visits, I thought and do hope that the Vietnamese people will appreciate animal welfare issues.

I am very pleased to have been invited to share my knowledge and experience with the Vietnamese veterinarians. Hopefully, our contributions will be applied upon their return in their clinics. With these memorable experiences, I extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to FAVA, VSAVA, WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) and Nom Lang University for the invitation and warm experience.

left to right:
Veronica Matawaran, Huynh Thi Thanh Ngoc, Karlo Gicana, Shane Ryan

Veronica, Ngoc, Karlo, Shane

Veronica Matawaran  

Veronica's full report - with more images - is available as a PDF file here.