[Histonet] RE: Veterinary Histologist Certification Eligibility

Della Speranza, Vinnie dellav <@t> musc.edu
Fri Jun 6 14:29:28 CDT 2008

Hi Sara,
I certainly understand your frustration and I'm in agreement with those who've responded to your original message that the very last thing we wish to do is discourage individuals who wish to become certified. I am copying Marilyn Gamble who is the NSH representative to the Board of Registry so that she can clarify if there has been any misunderstanding during this discussion on Histonet and likewise can represent the issue to the BOR.

In the days when the practical was in place, it may have been appropriate for the technician/technologist to receive guidance for the selection of appropriate tissues to satisfy the exam requirements. However, I seem to recall grading slides on animal tissues which at the time I imagined came from veterinary labs.

Marilyn please "reply to all" if you can provide information that will clarify the situation. I am forwarding the earlier messages to you separately.

Vinnie Della Speranza
Manager for Anatomic Pathology Services
165 Ashley Avenue  Suite 309
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
Tel: (843) 792-6353
Fax: (843) 792-8974

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From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu [mailto:histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu] On Behalf Of Breeden, Sara
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 2:04 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] Veterinary Histologist Certification Eligibility

That's a mouthful!  Anyway - thank you to those who responded to me. I
searched out a board-certified pathologist (non-veterinary) who works in
our building (we share a State of NM building with OMI and the State
Laboratory) and he was as astounded as I.  I appreciate the feedback
about writing a letter to BOR requesting a "waiver" for a veterinary
situation and I will try that when the time comes. Our lab, in
anticipation of our new building (2010) is operating under conditional
AALVD certification but certainly not under CAP/JCHAO. I'm thinking of
asking for a definition of "medical scientist" from the ASCP.  The saga
continues, but "where there's a will, there's a way".  One would think
anyone who is interested in becoming a certified histologist would
receive the maximum amount of encouragement, from the employer AND the
certifying agency.  Perhaps it's time for a review of the requirements
or at least of the definition of an employer's validity to provide
appropriate training, hmmm???  Mr. Della Speranza, do you have a take on

It is not my goal here to fluster, annoy, or pester. It's just that I'm
beginning to see a certain amount of reluctance on the part of those
institutions whose interest should be to encourage the growth of our
profession. Now that my aim is to interest local mid-high and high
school forensic science students in a detour to the Paraffin Side, I
have a path littered with roadblocks. If our profession had the same PR
firm that the anti-tobacco industry had, we'd be up to our earlobes in
histotechs (did that come out right?).

Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

NM Dept. of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

PO Box 4700

Albuquerque, NM  87106


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