Paola Monti qualified from University of Bologna (Italy) with a DVM in 2002. In 2005 she moved to the UK where she spent the first years in small animal practice. In 2008, she started a RCVS Trust funded residency program in clinical pathology at the University of Cambridge. After her training, she obtained both the ACVP and FRCPath diplomas in clinical pathology and in 2015 she received the RCVS Specialist Status in clinical pathology. Since 2012, Paola has been working at DWR Diagnostic as a clinical pathologist consultant. She has a special interest in cytology and laboratory quality management. She is an examiner of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), author of several publications on peer-reviewed journals and coauthor of the cytology and quality assurance chapters of the third edition of the BSAVA Manual of Veterinary Clinical Pathology.