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Contaminant, coloniser or invader? 2. Maximising diagnostic yield from clinical bacteriology
  1. Elizabeth Normand

    Elizabeth Normand qualified from Bristol in 1992 and spent three years in mixed and small animal practice. She subsequently worked for the small animal medicine service at Glasgow veterinary school, where she completed the inaugural small animal medicine residency and developed a particular interest in diagnostics. After a period of travel and locum work, she joined Axiom Veterinary Laboratories, where she is a clinical pathologist.


THIS article, the second of two aiming to help practitioners avoid the frustration of inconclusive bacteriology results, explains how to maximise diagnostic yield from clinical samples. It also reviews the principles of interpreting culture results in a clinical context on a case‐by‐case basis. Host‐bacteria interactions are relevant to both sampling and interpretation, and are discussed in Part 1, published on pages 22 to 26 of this issue.

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