Talk Title: “Polymerase Chain Reaction: Testing Where Copying is Encouraged”
o By the end of this presentation, the learner will understand:
• The basic scientific principles of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing..
• Key characteristics of a quality real-time PCR testing platform at a reference laboratory.
• Scenarios where utilizing real-time PCR testing is best indicated in relation to other diagnostic testing modalities.
Dr. Gerstein received his veterinary medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 and went on to complete a rotating small-animal internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. Afterward, he worked
at the Los Angeles Zoo and the Wildlife Waystation, but the majority of his clinical career has been spent in small-animal private practice. He joined IDEXX as a Professional Services Veterinarian in 2016.