Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
This issue of Veterinary Clinical Pathology marks the completion of 20 years of Intas Polivet's mission of disseminating knowledge and spreading science not only amongst the researchers and academicians but also to the end user of newer advents, the field Veterinarians. This issue of Intas Polivet narrates the two decade long journey of bridging the knowledge gaps, enriching our profession, transferring research from the laboratory to the field and our associates during this collaborative passage. The views and expressions of our readers, contributors and well-wishers have also been compiled and shared in this issue. We thank all our professional colleagues in enduring confidence and assisting us in achieving this milestone. Your feedback have provided us with added strength to take up newer challenges and would guide us on an onwards journey with many more learnings.
Veterinary Clinical Pathology is the study of disease in living animals and encompasses hematology, clinical chemistry, cytopathology, endocrinology, urinalysis, immune-hematology, general and surgical pathophysiology. It is the science, art and practice of interpreting laboratory data into the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and monitoring of animal diseases. Clinical pathology is so named because some of the work, especially the specimen for evaluation is collected at the bedside of a patient (Greek clinics, klinike = bed).
The role of clinical pathology in the diagnosis of animal diseases is of even greater importance than other disciplines because animals are unable to communicate their symptoms to the clinician and invariably, the diagnosis depends on the observation and interpretation of clinical pathological findings. In the light of this, the Veterinary clinical pathology must be developed, through research, to the extent that the shortcoming of the Veterinary patient's limitation is compensated by the in-depth foundation of clinical pathology. Although we have regional diagnostic laboratories, referral diagnostic/ extension centres and a number of Veterinary polyclinics have been recently equipped with newer diagnostic aids for parasitological, hematological, biochemical evaluation and urinalysis. These diagnostic aids should be an integral prerequisite for each Veterinary hospital and Veterinarian engaged in animal healthcare. Fortunately, clinical pathology is unfailingly practiced in poultry and companion animals. However, it still needs to be primed in the livestock sector. Establishment of exclusive animal health clinical laboratories with dedicated personnel and expanding analytical procedures is an emerging sector and Veterinarians with entrepreneurial skills should take up the same as a career option. This would not only take Veterinary clinical pathology to a new level but enable better diagnosis of our ailing animals.
This issue of Intas Polivet, attempts to accentuate the significance and correlation of better evaluation of our patients profile to enable effective diagnosis and precise disease management.
Dr. Nitin Bhatia