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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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 Berrego DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Hospital Aúna Especialidades Veterinarias, Spain

Juan BorregoDr Berrego 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 Dr.Med.Vet 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.


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