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Francesco Cian

Francesco Cian DVM, DipECVCP, FRCPath, MRCVS

2019 VetCPD Congress Lectures

Lymph node cytology: What should be there and what should not! (vets)

In this presentation we will cover the basics you need for interpretation of the most common conditions affecting the lymph nodes, with a special attention to the diagnostic approach to lymphoma in both dogs and cats.

Making cytology easier: the basics of skin cytology (vets)

This talk will provide the basics you need for in house cytology from sampling techniques, to slide examination approach, including the cytological presentation of the some of the most common inflammatory and neoplastic skin lesions affecting dogs and cats.

Beyond the red mist … bloody cells! Demystifying haematology and blood smears (nurses)

In this presentation we will go through the basics of the most common haematological. You will learn how to review blood smears and develop a logic diagnostic approach to the alterations of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.


Francesco qualified from University of Padua (Italy) with a DVM in 2006. He spent the next 4 years in small animal practice. In 2010, he started a residency program in Clinical Pathology at the University of Cambridge, which he finished in 2013 attaining both an ECVCP and FRCPath diploma. Francesco joined the Animal Health Trust in 2013 as Head of Clinical Pathology, and from late 2015 works for Battlab (LABOKLIN).
 Francesco has a special interest in lymphoproliferative disorders of dogs and cats and flow cytometry. 
He is member of the cytology exam committee of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) and member of the College Executive Board. 
He is author of several publications including the cytology chapter of the BSAVA Manual of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (3ed). He is also editor of the second edition of the book “Veterinary Cytology: Dog, Cat, Horse and Cow: Self-Assessment Color Review” and of a forthcoming veterinary skin cytology textbook by CABI.