Early Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats - Moving Beyond Diet Change

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Recorded on: 15th July 2021


Joe Bartges  DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVN - University of Georgia, USA
JD Foster   VMD, DACVIM (SAIM) - Friendship Hospital for Animals, USA
Jonathan Elliott   MA, Vet MB, PhD, Cert SAC, DECVPT, MRCVS - Royal Veterinary College, UK


Sheri Ross   DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine) - University of California, Davis, USA



Feline chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major health concern in cats.  With our ability to now diagnose cats with CKD earlier in the course of the disease, clear guidelines as to the best management strategies need to be established.   Diet remains the mainstay of therapy in CKD, but other diagnostic and therapeutic interventions are available but often overlooked.

Please join our international panel of world-renowned multidisciplinary experts for an open discussion on the management of cats with early kidney disease!

A Pennsylvania native and went to the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school. After working for a year in private practice, JD completed a rotating internship at the VCA Norwalk/Shoreline referral hospitals in Connecticut. Thereafter he completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin.

Upon becoming a board certified internal medicine specialist, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania as faculty, where he spent 4 years running the hemodialysis and blood purification service. JD has completed a long-distance nephrology and hemodialysis fellowship under the training of Dr. Larry Cowgill at the University of California, Davis. JD joined the FHA team in September of 2016. In 2018, and he became President of the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology.

Dr. Joe Bartges received his BS in zoology in 1983 from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and his DVM from The University of Georgia in 1987.  He completed an internship and residencies in small animal internal medicine and nutrition in addition to a PhD at the University of Minnesota in 1993.

After a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota, he joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 1994 where he remained until 1997.  In 1997, he joined the faculty at The University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015.  During this time he achieved Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head for approximately 2 years.  He then joined the staff at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT, as an internist and nutritionist and was Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Cornell University.

Currently, Dr. Bartges is Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.  He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal internal medicine) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

Jonathan Elliott graduated from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1985. After graduation, he completed an Internship at Veterinary Hospital University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1986, a PhD in vascular biology and amine oxidases at the University of Cambridge in 1989 and gained his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Cardiology in 1990.

In 1990 he was appointed to a lectureship at the Royal Veterinary College in London where he is currently Professor in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology.  He is however currently on a year’s sabbatical until April 2022 having served as Vice Principal – Research and Innovation for over 16 years (2004-2021) leading the RVC’s submissions for RAE2008, REF 2014 and REF 2021. He was awarded the Pfizer Academic Award (1998) for his research contributions to the pathophysiology of laminitis and the BSAVA Amoroso award (2001), the PetPlan Scientific Award (2005), the European Society of Nephrology and Urology Award (2007) and the BSAVA Woodrow Award (2019), all for his clinical research contributions in the area of feline chronic kidney disease. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology.  He is currently President of ECVPT (2018-2021) and is a member of the International Renal Interest Society.  He also chairs the Petplan Charitable Trust Scientific Committee and is a panel member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme.

Dr. Sheri Ross received her veterinary degree in 1996 from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She then completed an internship at the University of Minnesota where she remained to complete a three-year internal medicine residency as well as a PhD in Nephrology and Urology. Dr. Ross served as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Minnesota for two years.

She then completed a fellowship in renal medicine and hemodialysis at UC Davis (performed at the UCVMC-SD), after which she accepted a clinical faculty position with the university. Dr. Ross’s specific research interests include the influence of diet on the progression of chronic kidney disease, feline acute ureteral obstruction, and applications of hemodialysis. She has authored numerous scientific articles and textbook chapters, and has lectured in the United States, Australia, and Asia.

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