The Challenges of Immune-mediated Polyarthritis

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Recorded on: 29th June 2023


Fergus Allerton   BSc, BVSc, CertSAM, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS - Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service / Linnaeus Group, UK
Barbara Kohn   Dr.med.vet, PD, DECVIM (SA) - Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Jane Sykes   BVSc (Hons), PhD, MBA, GCPH, DACVIM (SAIM) - UC Davis, USA


Andrew Mackin   BS, BVMS, MSV, DVS, DACVIM (SAIM) - Mississippi StateUniversity, USA



Join our international panel of world-renowned experts for a lively discussion focused on the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of immune-mediated polyarthritis in dogs and cats. Discussion points will include the etiology of both primary and secondary immune-mediated polyarthritis, the different types of immune polyarthritis, typical presentations, recommended diagnostic approach, various treatment options, monitoring of therapy, and prognosis and long-term outcomes. Plenty of opportunity will be given for questions and debate with the panel.   

Dr. Mackin is Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences as Mississippi State University. Dr. Mackin is a graduate of Murdoch University, and is an ACVIM Diplomate (Small Animal Internal Medicine).   Research interests:  Clinical and research focus on hematology, hemostasis, immunosuppressive therapy and transfusion medicine.

Barbara graduated from the LM-University Munich and performed a doctoral thesis in veterinary physiology. Then she worked as an assistant (private clinics) and as a resident in small animal internal medicine (University of Zurich). From 1994 till 1996 she performed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Since 1996 Barbara works at the Small Animal Clinic of the Freie Universität Berlin, since 2003 as Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Since 2003 she is vice director or deputy director of the Clinic. She has published more than 220 peer-reviewed articles and 33 book chapters, is editor of a journal and of 3 textbooks (haematology & transfusion medicine, canine diseases, feline diseases), lectures regularly at national and international courses and conferences, and is member of numerous professional veterinary organizations. Her main interests are infectious diseases, clinical immunology, hematology, transfusion medicine, and gastrointestinal diseases.

Fergus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004. He spent six years working in a mixed practice in Worcestershire. A keen interest in all things medical motivated Fergus to pursue the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. He then spent three years undertaking a medicine residency at the University of Liege in Belgium studying for and, later gaining, the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Fergus is currently the chairman of the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) and has been involved in the PROTECT ME initiative to encourage rational antibiotic use in small animal patients. He is currently editing the next edition of the BSAVA formulary. His particular interests include gall bladder disease (especially mucocoeles in Border Terriers), canine sinonasal aspergillosis, haematology, immune-mediated disease and antibiotic stewardship.

Fergus has a cat called Spartacus and a stick insect called Clive.

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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