Scientific programme

Feline urology & feline oncology

Join the ISFM team and a host of expert speakers for five days of thought-provoking and practical talks. We have three exceptional speakers in the field of oncology with a wealth of experience – David Vail, Nick Bacon and Juan Borrego – who will talk us through the many challenges and obstacles which occur when treating the feline cancer patient, as well as bringing us new data and relevant research.

Covering the urology sessions, we are extremely lucky to have four talented speakers – Rosanne Jepson, Rebecca Geddes, Heidi Sjetre Lund and Roswitha Dorsch. Bringing their knowledge together they will help us more effectively tackle kidney and urinary tract problems, providing practical advice, treatment methods and ongoing management of these conditions.

For delegates wanting to gain an even greater level of knowledge in these topics, we are running three masterclasses which can be booked in addition to the main programme.


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Congress Symposia

During this year's congress we are very fortunate to have several sponsor-led symposia as part of the scientific programme.


IDEXX Symposium: Skinny cat

Wednesday June 27  

17.00Welcome & introductionDr. Baris Sahan
17.05IDEXX SDMA in Hyperthyroid catsDr. Andrew Bodey
17.30The Minimum DataBase for feline practitioners Dr. Guillermo Couto
18.00Lymphoma in catsDr. Guillermo Couto
18.30Advancing Feline Infectious Disease Diagnostics: What Can I not Afford to Miss?Dr. Christian Leutenegger
18.55ClosingDr. Baris Sahan

Following the symposium, IDEXX will be hosting a drinks reception at the Sala Le Ginestre, which is part of the Hilton Sorrento. This beautiful grotto is decorated in marble and stone, gorgeous frescos and tropical plants and the pool area boasts travertine floors and cascading waterfalls.


Boehringer Ingelheim Symposium: Diagnosed CKD in a cat? That’s just the beginning

Thursday June 28  

15.00Diagnosed CKD in a cat? That's just the beginningEllie Mardell
16.20ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim Award 


Hill's Symposium: Case studies in feline medicine

Thursday June 28  

17.00Case studies in feline medicineNicki Reed

Following the symposium, join us for the ISFM & Hills Welcome Reception. Situated around the hotel's gorgeous pool complex and with far reaching views across the Bay of Naples it’s the perfect place to catch up with old friends, make new friends and relax with a selection of food and drinks.


Bayer Symposium: Title to be confirmed

Friday June 29  

15.00Haemotropic mycoplasmal infections in catsBarbara Kohn
15.45Feline leishmaniosis: is the cat a small dog?Maria Grazia Pennisi


Ceva Symposium: Insights into feline hypertension and cat handling

Friday June 29  

17.00Management dilemmas in hypertension illustrated with clinical casesRosanne Jepson
18.00Insights into cat handling: FELIWAY® and International Cat Care Cat Handling ProgrammeSarah Endersby

Ceva is hosting a cocktail reception for all delegates in the hotel's citrus scented Giardino Incantato; the Enchanted Garden. A truly magical end to a busy day of lectures.




David Vail DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
University of Wisconsin, US

David VailDr Vail is Professor of Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, SVM. He is co-editor of Small Animal Clinical Oncology, President of the Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium and a founding member of the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium. His research involves the design and implementation of comparative oncology clinical trials through the inclusion of companion animal dogs and cats with spontaneous tumors. This helps inform both the design of future trials in humans as well as provide preliminary data on ongoing drug development programmes for animal health.


Juan Borrego DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Hospital Aúna Especialidades Veterinarias, Spain

Juan BorregoDr Borrego is Head of the Oncology Service of the Hospital AÚNA Especialidades Veterinarias in Valencia and also the director and founder of the Veterinary Institute of Comparative Oncology. His clinical interest is based on the development of new protocols and multidisciplinary therapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer, combined with research projects on new chemotherapy drugs. His PhD is in new targeted therapies in feline and canine mammary tumors along with a PhD in the laboratory of the molecular biology of cancer.


Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue, UK

Nick BaconNick Bacon is a Senior Consultant and Clinical Director at Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue Service. He is a Diplomate of the European (2003) and American (2009) College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the only surgeon in the UK to have completed a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology. He is also the only vet in the UK to be awarded Specialist status in Small Animal Surgery (Oncology). His surgical interests include head and neck surgery, musculoskeletal oncology, urogenital and endocrine tumours. Nick has authored and co-authored multiple scientific manuscripts and book chapters.


Rosanne Jepson BVSc (Dist) MVetMed PhD DipACVIM DipECVIM MRCVS
Royal Veterinary College, UK

Dr Jepson is a Senior Lecturer and recognised RCVS, ACVIM and ECVIM Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She is a member of the RVC GFR Service, co-director of the extracorporeal therapies unit and is one of two clinicians offering minimally invasive urological procedures including laser lithotripsy and laser ablation of ectopic ureters at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA). Rosanne’s areas of clinical and research interest include nephrology and urology and systemic hypertension with a particular focus on feline renal disease.


Rebecca Geddes MA VetMB GPCert(FelP) PhD MRCVS
Royal Veterinary College, UK

Dr Geddes graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2007 and worked for three years in small animal practice, during which time she undertook a certificate in feline medicine. She subsequently completed a PhD focused on calcium-phosphate homeostasis in feline chronic kidney disease at the RVC, followed by a rotating small animal internship at the RVC and is now training to be a specialist in internal medicine. She is interested in all aspects of canine and feline internal medicine, with a paricular interest in nephrology and endocrinology.


Heidi Sjetne Lund DVM, PhD
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo

Dr Lund graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 2003. After a year in private small animal practice, she returned to the Small Animal Section (internal medicine and emergency team) at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (now part of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences). She completed her doctoral thesis on feline lower urinary tract disorders in Norwegian cats in 2014, and is currently Associate Professor at the Small Animal Section. In addition to urology, her research topics include small animal emergency medicine and human-animal relations.


Roswitha Dorsch DrMedVet DiplECVIM
Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Dr Dorsch studied at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich and received her doctorate in 2002 in radiotherapy in dogs and cats. She completed a residency in Munich and in the USA. Since 2004 she has been working at the Small Animal Clinic of the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich as a Senior Lecturer. In addition to the clinical work and training of students, her work includes the supervision of doctoral students and scientific studies.


Andrew Bodey
The Hyperthyroid Cat Centre, UK
Andrew Bodey qualified from Bristol in the UK in 1989 and spent 2 years in mixed practice before focusing on companion animals. In 1995 he joined a large mixed practice in North Yorkshire and obtained his CertVR in 2003. He further developed his interest in ionizing radiation by establishing the first radio-iodine unit in the North of England in 2008. In September 2013, he founded the Hyperthyroid Cat Centre near Wetherby, the first large-scale radio-iodine facility for cats in Europe, with the UKs shortest hospitalisation period of only 5 days.  He has an active research interest underpinned by a caseload exceeding 1,250 hyperthyroid cats. 

Christian M Leutenegger DrMedVet PhD FVH
Dr Leutenegger is the director of molecular diagnostics for IDEXX. He graduated from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1992 and earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1995, a PhD in molecular immunology and virology in 1998, and a specialty title for laboratory medicine in 2001. He founded and directed the Molecular and Diagnostic Core Facility at the University of California, Davis, from 2000–2006. He joined IDEXX in 2006 to build a standardized molecular diagnostics platform for the IDEXX Reference Laboratories. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters primarily in the field of human and veterinary molecular diagnostics.

Guillermo Couto
Couto Veterinary Consultants, USA
Dr. Guillermo Couto graduated from Buenos Aires University, Argentina in 1976. He spent 5 years as a private practice small animal practitioner, and then completed a Clinical Oncology Residency at the University of California-Davis. He is Board-Certified by the ACVIM in both Internal Medicine and Oncology, and is coauthor of the textbook Small Animal Internal Medicine. He has over 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters in the areas of oncology, hematology, immunology, vector borne diseases and Greyhound medicine. After 30 years in academia, he is now providing consultation and educational services through Couto Veterinary Consultants and seeing patients in University Veterinary Specialists in Pennsylvania.

Ellie Mardell MA VetMB DSAM (Fel) MRCVS
ChesterGates Veterinary Specialists
Ellie qualified from Cambridge University in 1999. After three years in general small animal practice she completed a residency in feline medicine at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, where she gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Ellie then spent a year at Bristol University as a clinician in canine, feline and emergency medicine. Following this, she worked in private referral practice in the North West of the UK and joined ChesterGates in March 2009. Ellie gained the RCVS Diploma in Feline Medicine in 2008, one of only a few people in the UK to hold this qualification, and she is an RCVS recognised specialist in Feline Medicine. She has a particular interest in Haematology and Respiratory disease in cats, but enjoys all aspects of feline medicine.


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