The advent of slide scanning and related software now provides the option of developing online comparative pathology programs for advanced training. Glass slides can be scanned in at very high magnification with excellent resolution for students viewing from their desktops. The particular software (ImageScope, Aperio) is free, and students can download it as long as they can access a server that has the slides saved onto it. Students can annotate the slides by, for example, circling lesions or putting arrows on different parts, save the changes, and send them back to the instructor as part of their online training. This is an excellent opportunity for coaching and facilitation of learning in comparative pathology.
So in summary, we are at a very early stage in the veterinary medical field and in particular in laboratory animal medicine and science for implementing some of this technology. However, there are a lot of exciting opportunities in the future to use online training as one potential tool to provide for harmonization of veterinary training and ensure at least a minimum level of training of veterinarians for the provision of adequate care of laboratory animals.