180. Update on Vector-Borne Diseases in Shelters
During this session, attendees will learn about the major vector-borne pathogens likely to be found in shelter animals, their pathogenesis, clinical signs, geographic distributions, and how to prevent them. The public health implications of contact with dogs and cats in shelters that might have vector-borne diseases or be harboring infected vectors will be discussed, as well as what precautions to take to prevent infection of shelter workers. Finally, education of shelter animal fosters and adopters about management of vector-borne diseases will also be covered.
BVSc(Hons), Ph.D., MBA, DACVIM
Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine | University of California | Davis, Calif.
Dr. Jane Sykes is a ACVIM board-certified diplomate and professor of small animal medicine at the University of California, Davis, where she has been on faculty since 2002. She obtained her veterinary and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Melbourne in Australia, completed her residency at the University of Minnesota, and earned an MBA from the University of Georgia. Dr. Sykes has coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, is the editor of the Elsevier textbook "Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases" and Greene's "Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat." She co-founded and was the first president of the International Society of Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) and currently serves as its secretary and treasurer, and she is also the president elect of the ACVIM. Her research interests currently include antimicrobial drug resistant bacterial infections, blood-borne infectious diseases, and deep mycoses.