Panel Discussion – Rational Antimicrobial Use in Small Animal Medicine

Small Animals

Panel Discussion
Venue: On-Demand Panel Discussion
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Course Language: English
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Panel Discussion - Rational Antimicrobial Use in Small Animal Medicine


Panelists:         Claire Fellman   DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP - Tufts University, USA
                               Karolina Scahill   DVM, MSc, PhD Student - IVC Evidensia, Sweden
                               Jane Sykes   BVSc (Hons), PhD, MBA, DACVIM (SAIM) - UC Davis, USA

Moderator:    Peter Panduro Damborg   DVM, PhD, DECVM - Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark



Antibiotic use in small animals is increasingly coming into the spotlight due to the emergence of resistant pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) in pets but also due to the potential for resistant bacteria to transfer to in-contact persons and the environment. Failing to cope with such threats can endanger both animal and human health, and will inevitably lead to restrictions in veterinarians’ clinical freedom to prescribe antibiotics. 

In this lively panel discussion, various aspects of rational antimicrobial use will be discussed by world-renowned experts in companion animal medicine. The specialist panel will discuss choice of antibiotic for specific indications, use of diagnostics to guide treatment choice, the role of pet owners and technical staff in rational use and much more. In addition, questions raised by the audience will be very much welcomed and included in the discussion.    



Panel Discussion Registration Process:     Once you have registered and upon payment, you will receive an invitation to the live panel discussion in due course. The panel discussion will be recorded and after the session has taken place, you will receive the link to access the on-demand recording for a period of 8 weeks. The course fee includes a certificate of attendance, that will be issued once the webinar series / webinar has ended and your attendance has been confirmed.

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    Peter Panduro Damborg
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ECVM


    European Specialist in Veterinary Microbiology
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    Peter qualified as a DVM from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural College of Denmark in 2004. After one year of working for the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, he started in 2005 as a PhD student working on zoonotic enteric bacteria from dogs. He defended his thesis and was awarded the PhD degree in 2008. He was subsequently employed as Postdoc at the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen. During his postdoc, he continued working on the zoonotic risk of bacteria in pets, with a primary focus on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Peter also started as Head of a local microbiological diagnostic laboratory at the university, and in 2013, he was employed in his current position at the university as an Associate Professor of veterinary clinical microbiology. Peter has since continued working on AMR and diagnostics, primarily in companion animals. In addition, he has gained interest in a more solution-oriented approach towards AMR. For example, he was the editor of a national antibiotic use guideline for companion animal practice. This guideline has become internationally acknowledged and translated to more than 12 languages. Peter is also Chair of the EUCAST subcommittee VetCAST and of the COST Action European Network for Optimization of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment – a network comprising more than 300 persons from Europe and beyond. He is the author of 76 articles in international scientific journals with peer review, and he has contributed to three chapters of the upcoming 6th edition of the book Antimicrobial Therapy in Veterinary Medicine. 

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    Jane Sykes
    BVSc (Hons), PhD, MBA, Dipl.ACVIM (SAIM)

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine (SAIM)
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    Jane Sykes is a Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a special interest in small animal infectious diseases. She obtained her veterinary degree and PhD in veterinary microbiology at the University of Melbourne in Australia, her residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Minnesota, an MBA degree from the University of Georgia in 2020, and most recently a Graduate Certificate in Public Health at Kansas State University. She is Board-Certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and joined the faculty at UC Davis in 2002. She has coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, is the editor of the Elsevier textbook “Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases” and the editor of the 5th edition of Greene’s Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. She co-founded the International Society of Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID), was the first President of that Society, and is currently Secretary-Treasurer of ISCAID. She was President of the ACVIM Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine from 2012-2015, Associate Editor (Infectious Diseases) of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is currently Chair of the ACVIM Board of Regents. Her research interests are focused on infectious diseases of dogs and cats that have public health significance.

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    Karolina Scahill
    DVM, MSc, PhD student


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    Karolina graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Kosice in 2010, and subsequently received two years of further education in companion animal internal medicine at Strömsholm referral hospital in Sweden and the Royal Veterinary College in London, UK. Karolina completed a MSc in international animal health (infectious diseases) at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, and is currently doing a part-time industrial PhD in infectious diseases and evidence-based medicine at the same university. Her research mainly focuses on antimicrobial usage in companion animals. Karolina is working at IVC Evidensia as a regional medicine consultant and antimicrobial stewardship representative in Stockholm, Sweden. Karolina is also involved in the writing of evidence-based guidelines of antimicrobial use for the European Network Optimization Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment (ENOVAT) and is an external consultant in the development of antimicrobial veterinary guidelines for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Asia and the Pacific.  

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    Claire Fellman
    DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM (SAIM), Dipl.ACVCP

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Internal Medicine (SAIM) and American Specialist in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology
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    Dr. Claire Fellman is an assistant professor in the small animal internal medicine service at Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.

    Claire earned her bachelor’s degree in biological engineering prior to her veterinary training at Mississippi State University.  She then completed residencies in small animal internal medicine and clinical pharmacology also at Mississippi State University, while doing a PhD investigating the effects of cyclosporine on immune function in dogs. 

    Following her residencies, Claire began her work at Tufts where she leads a One Health collaboration with physicians and pharmacists from Tufts Medical Center with the goal to bring successful antimicrobial stewardship strategies from human medicine to companion animal veterinary settings.

    Claire’s clinical interests include infectious and immune-mediated diseases.

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