Your Diagnosis. Their Voice.


Announcing the Winners of Heska’s 2021 Case Study Competition

As winners in Heska’s ‘Your Diagnosis. Their Voice’ case study competition, the following clinics received a $500 dinner to treat their entire staff! 


Canine 1st Prize Winner 

Dr. Kelly Westfall, Urgent Pet Care, Papillion, NE  

Here’s something to chew on! 

A 9-month old male Staffordshire Terrier presented for vomiting, gagging, and pawing at the mouth. Physical exam revealed an object lodged in the throat and radiographs were performed, revealing a rod-like foreign object extending from the mid-cervical esophagus to the stomach. Surgery was performed and the foreign object identified was in fact an arrow the patient had chewed on and then swallowed! The arrow was removed without complication and luckily the patient had no other internal damage from the incident. The patient did great after surgery with a smooth recovery! 

Special thanks to Dr. Kelly Westfall and the Urgent Pet Care team for the exceptional and immediate care provided to this patient using point of care diagnostic technology.  

Canine Winner Image 1
Right lateral radiograph reveals linear foreign object extending from the mid-cervical esophagus, through the thorax, and extending into the abdomen. Image captured by Cuattro DR
Canine Winner Image 2
Right lateral radiograph reveals linear foreign object extending from the thorax into the abdomen. Image captured by Cuattro DR














Canine Winner Image 3
VD abdominal view reveals linear foreign object extending through the abdomen. Image captured by Cuattro DR
Canine Winner Image 4
VD thoracic view reveals linear foreign object in the cranial aspect of the abdomen. Image captured by Cuattro DR













Canine Runner-up Prize Winner 

Dr. Kelly Tierney, Laurel Springs Animal Hospital, Suwanee, GA 

When time is of the essence… 

A 13-year-old male neutered Shih Tzu presented for lethargy, melena, anorexia, and enlarged lymph nodes. In-house hematology results revealed severe anemia, thrombocytopenia, neutrophilia, and lymphocytosis. In-house biochemistry results revealed electrolyte disturbances as well as elevated liver enzymes and kidney parameters. A blood film and fine needle aspirates from the enlarged lymph nodes were submitted to HeskaView Telecytology for cytological review by our team of clinical pathologists. Results returned within 2 hours confirming a diagnosis of lymphoma.  

Special thanks to Dr. Kelly Tierney and the Laurel Springs team for the exceptional care provided to this patient using rapid point of care diagnostic technology.  

Canine Runner Up Image 1
HeskaView digital cytology image from the patient’s right superficial cervical lymph node reveals primarily intermediate-to-large sized lymphocytes, consistent with lymphoma
Canine Runner Up Image 2
HeskaView digital cytology image from the patient’s left superficial cervical lymph node reveals primarily intermediate-to-large sized lymphocytes, consistent with lymphoma
Canine Runner Up Image 3
Peripheral blood microscopy using HeskaView Telecytology confirmed severe anemia with a hematocrit of 14.6%, severe thrombocytopenia with a 9k/uL platelet count, and the presence of intermediate to large size lymphocytes in circulation


Feline 1st Prize Winner

Dr. Karen Henson, The Cat’s Meow Cat Clinic, Oregon City, OR  

A 7-year-old female intact, indoor-only domestic short hair presented for a distended abdomen after her last heat cycle approximately 2 weeks ago.  In-house lab work revealed thrombocytopenia, hyperproteinemia, and hyperglobulinemia. Radiographs revealed abdominal effusion and cytology from abdominocentesis was suggestive of infection. Pyometra and cystic ovaries were confirmed on abdominal exploratory and an ovariohysterectomy was performed. Once surgically removed, the patient’s uterus weighed in at 0.76 lbs – for a small kitty just under 6 lbs, that was over 12% of her body weight! After surgery, the patient recovered well and was discharged the following day. 

Special thanks to Dr. Karen Henson and the entire team at The Cat’s Meow Cat Clinic for the excellent and rapid care provided to this patient using point of care diagnostic technology.   

Feline Winner Image 1
Right lateral radiograph reveals significant abdominal effusion and loss of serosal detail. Image captured by Cuattro DR
Feline Winner Image 2
VD view reveals significant abdominal effusion and loss of serosal detail. Image captured by Cuattro DR










Thank you to all of the clinics who entered this year’s contest!




  1. PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The Heska Case Study Competition: “Your Diagnosis, Their Voice” (“Sweepstakes”) begins on July 15, 2021 at 12:00 AM MT and ends on August 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM MT (the “Promotion Period”). The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is Heska Corporation (“Sponsor”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at during the Promotion Period.
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