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Saturday 26th June 2021 
10:00 – 10:45 GMT+1 Relocated cats and gifts they bring along Ian Wright, Mike Lappin, Ricardo Maggi, Severine Tasker, Vicky Halls
10:00 – 10:45 GMT+1 Live Q&A Ian Wright, Mike Lappin, Ricardo Maggi, Severine Tasker, Vicky Halls
On-demand:Available from 12:00 GMT+1 Feline CKD: Don’t wait for weight loss Audrey Cook

Ian Wright

Ian is a practising Veterinary surgeon and co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood. He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology, is head of the European Scientific Counsel of Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK & Ireland and guideline director for ESCCAP Europe. Ian has over 100 published peer reviewed articles and papers and is an editorial board member for the Companion animal and Vet CPD journals. He continues to carry out research in practice including work on intestinal nematodes and ticks.

Mike Lappin

After graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1981, Dr Lappin completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. After two years in small animal practice in Los Angeles, he returned to the University of Georgia where he completed a small animal internal medicine residency and a PhD in Parasitology. Mike was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1987. He is currently an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University and directs the Toxoplasma gondii Serology Laboratory. He has had multiple research grants funded and is the author of more than a hundred research papers and book chapters. Mike is an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the Compendium for Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian. He has received the Beecham Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor in Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University and is currently the Assistant Department Head for Research. Mike is the director of the Center for Companion Animal Studies. The Center supports clinical research for faculty and students and utilizes only naturally occurring models of disease or research animals that can be adopted. He was selected to receive the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award 2008 for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, the Winn Feline Research Award in 2009, and was named an Oklahoma State University Distinguished Professor in 2010. Mike was selected to receive the Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence by the ACVIM in 2014.

Ricardo G. Maggi, MS, PhD

Dr. Maggi graduated from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina and then completed a Master and PhD degree in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Maggi joined North Carolina State University in 2003 and now he is a full research professor co-directing of the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory, at the College of veterinary medicine. Dr. Maggi is also a co-founder of Galaxy Diagnostics, an animal and human CLIA accredited diagnostic company located in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. Maggi spent his career as a researcher with interest in proteomics and molecular microbiology of microorganisms in complex environments.  For over 17 years, he had been working on vector-borne pathogens and their association with zoonotic diseases aiming at understanding and characterizing important zoonotic pathogens of the genera Anaplasma, Babesia, Bartonella, Borrelia, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma, and Rickettsia.

For the past decade, he had emphasized studies directed at the genus Bartonella, a critically important emerging pathogen in both human and veterinary medicine. His research group has lead efforts to enhance the diagnostic detection of these highly fastidious animal and human patient pathogens, focusing on the development of Ad-hoc molecular, culture and serological methods. He is now leading the efforts toward the development of several human cell-line models to characterize the pathological pathways leading to complex diseases, such as cancer and neurological dysfunctions, associated with chronically infected individuals.

Séverine Tasker

Professor Séverine Tasker, BSc BVSc(Hons) PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA FHEA FRCVS, graduated from Bristol Veterinary School and worked for the PDSA before completing a Residency in Feline Medicine, funded by the Feline Advisory Bureau (now International Cat Care) at the Dick Vet School in Edinburgh before moving to Bristol University to complete a PhD on feline haemoplasmas. She has the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine, is an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine and is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Séverine remained at Bristol until 2018, where she worked in the Feline Centre of Langford Vets and Bristol Veterinary School. She is now Chief Medical Officer for the Linnaeus Group, part of Mars Vet Health, and is honorary Professor of Feline Medicine at Bristol. She is especially interested in feline infectious diseases and haematology and edited the BSAVA Manual of Feline Practice: A Foundation Manual. She sits on the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases. Séverine is a recipient of the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in small animal veterinary medicine and the Petplan Charitable Trust Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary research. She is passionate about all things cats and having a holistic approach to feline medicine from adopting cat friendly practice techniques to pragmatic decision-making focusing on the cat’s and the client’s needs.

Vicky Halls

Vicky is part of International Cat Care’s Cat Advocacy team, working specifically on projects relating to the welfare of unowned cats throughout the world. Vicky is a registered veterinary nurse and clinical animal behaviourist, having spent over 23 years specialising in cats. Vicky lectures all over the world on cat behaviour to veterinary and lay audiences. Vicky is also a qualified and registered person-centred counsellor. Vicky is the author of seven best-selling books on cats for the general public, several peer-reviewed papers for scientific journals and co-author of veterinary textbooks and published guidelines.

Audrey Cook

Audrey Cook is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She completed her internship at NC State and her residency in small animal internal medicine at UC Davis.

Dr. Cook is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and is one of the few board certified internists with additional recognition as a specialist in Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

After a decade in private referral practice, Dr. Cook joined the faculty at Texas A&M. She is now Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine and co-Chief of the Medicine Section, with particular interests in endocrinology, gastroenterology and interventional radiology.