Re: work organisation

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From:"Sarah Christo" <>
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Date:Thu, 13 May 1999 09:00:29 -0500
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Dear Christine,
    I supervised a vet histopath lab for 3 years and ran into the same problem.   I came from human path labs and expected the same thing.   I too was accused of being too harsh.   I was racked over the coals for not caring about the staff enough.  
   I learned that my supervisor was more concerned about the staff than the work being out in a timely manner and had to back down on the turn around times.  You've got to play that game to keep your job sometimes.   (Right Jeff?)
  Glad I'm in research now,    Sarah

Sarah Christo, HT (ASCP)
Texas A&M University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Dept. of Vet. Anatomy & Public Health
College Station, TX  77868-4458

>>> Christine Lee <> 05/12 8:19 PM >>>
I would be very grateful to hear from other Veterinary diagnostic histology
laboratories details of therir work organisation.

We have 1.5 technicians.
Our processor starts at    5.50pm.
              finishes at  7.00am.

The junior tech. starts work at 7.30. Our workload averages 30-40 blocks/day.
Last year we cut 27,000 slides.

I  expect the tech to have finished embeding and cutting at 9.30.
(a)   So that the turn around time is consistant.
(b)   To avoid any risk of R.S.I.

The slides are dried for 30 mins at 60 degrees then H&E stained on an 
automatic staining machine.

I expect that the staining and coversliping and labeling will be completed 
by 11.30a.m. although mostly it is finished more kike 11.45.

 I would be very grateful for input from other Veterinary diagnostic 
laboratories and in particular University laboratories.

I am being accused of "harsh supervision" as these performance measurments 
are I am told, "ok for the human medicine world but the expectations are 
unrealistic for the Veterinary world. I disagree as our main clients are an
trainee Veterinary pathologists/animal hospital, with clients waiting 
anxiously for the diagnosis on their pets. These are the only reference time 
frames I stipulate.

Could other similar Veterinary diagnostic laboratories let me know how they 
Christine Lee,
Senior Scientific officer,
Veterinary Pathology and Anatomy,
University of Queensland. 

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