Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most from Cytology in Practice by Balazs Szladovits. Lecture aims to give numerous top tips that are easy to follow, practical, and will make your cytology diagnostics easier, better and more fun. Top tips will touch on how to improve the quality of fine needle aspirates and imprints, how to avoid the common mistakes during smear preparation that lead to unrewarding results, how to improve the staining quality with Diff-Quik, and how to set up your microscope that you can see the cells better. Practice instructions will be given to gain some of the key microscopic skills that will lead to better and more efficient diagnoses. Balázs graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest, Hungary where he also completed an internship in small animal internal medicine and stayed on as a clinical instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After, he completed his residency at Kansas State University. He has joined the Royal Veterinary College in 2006. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology and is responsible for the clinical service and the residency training programme at the RVC. He is active in undergraduate, and continuing education.