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The session is dedicated to renal health and we will provide new information on the early detection of CKD, explain why soluble Phosphorus content in main meal products must be limited as well as the importance of nutrition in disease management. The session will be completed by a practice management topic on senior consultation services.

Sunday 27th June 2021 
Live: 10:00 – 10:30 GMT+1 Managing nutritional challenges in the CKD patient Esther Bijsmans
live: 10:30- 11:00 GMT+1 Soluble Phosphorus in cat food Jen Coltherd & Anne Marie Bakke
On-demand: 15:30- 16:00 GMT+1 Senior consultation service Diego Esteban
On-demand: 16:00- 16:30 GMT+1 Early detection of CKD  Jonathan Elliott

Professor Anne Marie Bakke

Anne Marie Bakke (Prof. has been in her current role as Nutrition Technical Expert and Research Lead at Waltham Petcare Science Institute, the fundamental science centre for Mars Petcare, since June 2017. Her education is from the US and Germany ( from Munich 1993), before returning home to Norway where she completed her PhD in Nutrition and followed the academic track at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences’ Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Oslo. Here she taught pet and farmed fish nutrition and clinical nutrition. She also gained extensive research experience in effects of alternative feed ingredients on nutritional status and digestive physiology and health in monogastric animals, primarily farmed salmon diets. She also held assignments at the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and the Environment (VKM), both as a Scientific Panel expert and as senior scientific advisor.

Esther Bijsmans

Esther Bijsmans completed her veterinary medicine degree at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, and graduated in 2012. She worked in different private and charity clinics in London for 5 years, and continued her education with a PhD on hypertension and chronic kidney disease in the cat at the Royal Veterinary College in the United Kingdom. In the autumn of 2017 she got the opportunity to join R&D at Royal Canin, where she is working on research projects related to renal and urinary disease in dogs and cats.


Jen Coltherd

Jen completed a BSc in Biological Sciences with honours in Zoology, an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Animal Science at the University of Edinburgh. She then became a postdoc at the University of Glasgow, within the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, investigating the use of a parasite product to alleviate symptoms/pathology in a chronic asthma model. In 2013 she joined Waltham in the Digestive Health team, moving to the Nutrition Team in 2018. During this time she has been involved in several in vitro and in vivo studies across cats and dogs.


Diego Esteban

After graduating from the veterinary program at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 1998 and a short period of time practicing in a small animal practice he focused on feline medicine from 1999 to 2016 in Tot Cat, the first cat only clinic in Spain, and then started a new position in Clinica Felina Barcelona. He’s member of AVEPA and its feline study group GEMFE where he is former president and still member of the scientific committee. Accredited by AVEPA in Feline Medicine in 2013 and re-accredited in 2018. He’s also member of the ISFM (International Society of Feline Medicine) and the ESVE (European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology) where he was member of the ALIVE committee focused on Diabetes mellitus. He has made two externships at a private practice in the UK and the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at UPenn in the USA. Author of several papers, a book and lecturer in national and international conferences.

Jonathan Elliott

Jonathan Elliott graduated from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1985.

He undertook a PhD in vascular pharmacology in Cambridge.

In 1990 he was appointed to a lectureship in Veterinary Pharmacology at the Royal Veterinary College and developed research interests in feline kidney disease, hypertension, canine mitral valve disease and Equine Laminitis. He was awarded the Pfizer Academic Award in 1998, BSAVA Amoroso Award in 2001, Petplan Scientific Award in 2005 and ESVNU Award in 2007 for contributions to companion animal medicine.

Jonathan is currently Professor in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology and Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the RVC.