Virtual microscopy in a veterinary curriculum

J Vet Med Educ. 2007 Fall;34(4):416-22. doi: 10.3138/jvme.34.4.416.


Teaching faculty in the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine assist students in their professional education by providing a new way of viewing microscopic slides digitally. Faculty who teach classes in which glass slides are used participate in a program called Virtual Microscopy. Glass slides are digitized using a state-of-the-art integrated system, and a personal computer functions as the "microscope." Additionally, distribution of the interactive images is enhanced because they are available to students online. The digital slide offers equivalent quality and resolution to the original glass slide viewed on a microscope and has several additional advantages over microscopes. Students can choose to examine the entire slide at any of several objectives; they are able to access the slides (called WebSlides) from the college's server, using either Internet Explorer or a special browser developed by Bacus Laboratories, Inc.,(a) called the WebSlide browser, which lets the student simultaneously view a low-objective image and one or two high-objective images of the same slide. The student can "move the slide" by clicking and dragging the image to a new location. Easy archiving, annotation of images, and Web conferencing are additional features of the system.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Veterinary / methods*
  • Humans
  • Libraries, Digital*
  • Microscopy / veterinary*
  • Pathology, Veterinary* / education
  • Pathology, Veterinary* / instrumentation
  • Pathology, Veterinary* / methods
  • Teaching / methods*
  • Tennessee
  • User-Computer Interface