Dr. Barbara Lindsay, a veterinary neurology/neurosurgery resident, recently spent a week training with Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) staff. As part of the requirements for her Internal Medicine (Neurology) board exams, she trained at TVMDL to advance her knowledge of neuropathology.
Originally from Australia, Dr. Lindsay earned her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University in 2012. She completed internships at veterinary hospitals in Australia, New York, and Texas. After completing an internship in June 2017, Dr. Lindsay began a three-year residency at the Center for Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Care in Lewisville, Texas.
While at TVMDL, Dr. Lindsay was hosted by Anatomic Pathologist Barbara Lewis, DVM, MS, DACVP. Over the course of the week, Dr. Lewis provided opportunities for Dr. Lindsay to train in various laboratory sections, with a primary focus on the histopathology and necropsy cytology. As part of her training, Dr. Lindsay reviewed case studies, examined samples, and learned various testing procedures.
Dr. Lindsay’s goal in visiting TVMDL was to gain more knowledge about the diagnostic aspect of neurology. At the completion of her residency, Dr. Lindsay hopes to return to Australia to serve as one of the few neurology specialists in her home country.
“I think it’s important as a specialist to understand the technical process behind the diagnostic tests we are ordering; there are often a multitude of tests that can be done but knowing which one will help you the most is critical,” Dr. Lindsay said. “When working in a clinic, especially neurology, you typically only get a preliminary diagnosis. I wanted the opportunity to integrate my knowledge between diagnostic imaging, such as MRI, and a definitive diagnosis gained via histopathology.”
Each year, TVMDL hosts visiting scientists from countries around the world. TVMDL is proud to share diagnostic techniques and knowledge in an effort to benefit the global animal health industry. To learn more, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.