A good-quality microscope is an essential part of the equipment of a veterinary general practice. It is a precision instrument and needs to be treated as such but, with care, can last for many years. There has never been so much choice in the number of microscope models available but choose carefully, as it is true that you get what you pay for. There are a number of options available that can improve the performance of the instrument and make its use more comfortable for the operator.
This article, the first in a three-part series, will provide advice on choosing a practice microscope. The second and third articles in this series will cover routine microscope set-up and maintainece, and digital photography through the practice microscope