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Feline Health Symposium

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

This conference will offer 12 hours of continuing education credit devoted to the care of your feline patients.

The goals of this annual symposium are to focus our attention on the unique health challenges of cats and create a forum to  help find solutions to those challenges.

Registration will close on September 7th. Please plan accordingly.

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Event Information

Feline Health Symposium Registration Fee : $249


UGA Veterinary Education Center
2200 College Station Rd
Athens, GA 30602
United States


Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-7182
Email: vetmedce@uga.edu

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
7:30 am8:00 am
8:00 am8:10 am
Chad Schmiedt
8:10 am9:50 am
Keynote: Updates on Feline CKD
Jessica Quimby
9:50 am10:10 am
Refreshment Break
10:10 am11:00 am
Hot Cats: Updates in hyperthyroidism
Andrew Bugbee
11:00 am11:50 am
Things that make you go hmmm - what makes feline ophthalmology different?
Katie Diehl
11:50 am1:00 pm
1:00 pm1:50 pm
Overcoming the Feline Obesity Epidemic: Nutrient Sufficiency in the Face of Negative Energy Balance
Jackie Parr
1:50 pm2:40 pm
Key Nutritional Factors for the Three Classes of Diabetics: Under-, Ideal-, and Over-Conditioned Cats
Jackie Parr
2:40 pm3:00 pm
Refreshment Break
3:00 pm3:50 pm
How to avoid complications associated with endotracheal intubation in cats
Daniel Sakai
3:50 pm5:00 pm
From Me-ouch to Me-ow: Pain & Pain Management in Cats
Tamara Grubb


Start Time
End Time
9:00 am9:50 am
CKD and GI disease: clinical implications
Jessica Quimby
10:00 am10:50 am
When two are not Better than one: Feline Chronic Kidney Disease and Comorbidities
Joe Bartges
10:50 am11:10 am
Refreshment Break
11:10 am12:00 pm
Abstract Presentations
12:10 pm1:00 pm
Gastrointestinal surgery in cats
Chad Schmiedt


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

    Dr. Quimby received her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a small animal rotating internship in Sacramento, CA. She subsequently spent two years in feline practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving on to Colorado State University for a combined small animal internal medicine residency and PhD program. She completed a PhD focusing on feline CKD in 2012 and was faculty at Colorado State until 2017.

    Dr. Quimby is now a faculty member at the Ohio State University. Her research continues to focus on chronic kidney disease in cats. Current research areas include the study of renal aging, telomere length and cellular senescence, novel treatment strategies and evidence-based supportive care strategies. She has an interest in clinical trials and feline clinical pharmacology which is aimed at improving supportive care and quality of life in cats with chronic kidney disease.

    Dr. Quimby has received the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) Award and the AVMF/Winn Feline Foundation Research Award for her contributions to nephrology and feline medicine. In 2021 she was selected to serve on the IRIS board.

  • Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN

    Dr. Joe Bartges received his DVM in 1987 from the University of Georgia, he completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1993. He is currently a Professor of Internal Medicine, Interventional Radiology, and Nutrition at The University of Georgia and has been on faculty at The University of Tennessee. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialties of small animal internal medicine and nutrition and is a founding member of the American College of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology. Dr. Bartges is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology and urology and nutrition. He has published over 380 peer reviewed manuscripts, research abstracts, review articles, and book chapters and is the primary editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals with Dr. Dave Polzin. He has spoken at over 285 meetings.

  • Andrew Bugbee, DVM, DACVIM

    Dr. Andrew Bugbee is originally from Dallas, Texas and received both his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences as well as his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship and an internal medicine residency at the University of Georgia. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013 and joined the faculty at Purdue University before returning to the University of Georgia in his current position on faculty. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Co-Founder/Director of the UGA Veterinary Diabetes Clinic.  His research interest is small animal endocrinology, specifically relating to feline and canine diabetes mellitus.

  • Jackie Parr BScH, DVM, MSc, DACVIM (Nutrition)

    Dr. Jackie Parr (aka The Kibble QueenTM), a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist® and one of 89 Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Nutrition), is a proud Canadian who currently resides in Athens, Georgia, USA with her beloved Boston Terrier. Festooned with veterinary and academic designations that speak to a passion for science and veterinary medicine that borders on obsession, Dr. Parr is among the elite where pet nutrition is concerned. A natural educator, Dr. Parr is widely sought after in professional circles as both a public speaker, and as a specialist for consults on the most unique and emergent nutritional cases. She is a passionate nutrition advocate and an accessible expert with feet planted firmly in both the academic and practical worlds of specialized nutritional medicine. She is a proud Founding Member and the Inaugural President of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Nutrition (CAVN) and was delighted to join the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 as the Nestlé Purina Petcare Clinical Assistant Professor of Nutrition. She leads the small but mighty Clinical Nutrition Service which has grown to include of two ACVIM (Nutrition) Residents and two Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) since 2021.

  • Daniel Sakai, MV, DACVAA

    Dr. Daniel Sakai is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Georgia. He has a Japanese background, is a 3rd generation immigrant in Brazil, and recently became American!

    He obtained his veterinarian degree at the University of Sao Paulo and was trained at the Sao Paulo State University before starting his career in the USA. After completing his residency and clinical fellowship at Cornell University, he joined the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at UGA in 2018.
    He is passionate about anesthesia safety and researched methods to improve the quality of feline anesthesia. He published ten articles on the anesthesia of domestic cats from 2015 to 2021.

  • Kathryn A. Diehl DVM, MS, DACVO

    Dr. Diehl earned her masters and veterinary degrees at The Ohio State University, then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia. She went on to complete a residency in comparative ophthalmology and cellular biology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. Subsequently she worked in academia at the University of Minnesota and Auburn University as well as in private specialty practice. She is currently an associate professor of comparative ophthalmology at the University of Georgia. She also serves on the ACVO genetics committee and tries to stay active with just about any outdoor pursuit.

  • Tamara Grubb DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVAA

    Dr. Tamara Grubb is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia with a strong focus in pain management. She owns an anesthesia/analgesia & continuing education consulting practice which serves both small and large animals. Dr. Grubb is a national/international educator and lecturer, a certified acupuncturist, an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia and the President-Elect of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is co-author of two books, including ‘Veterinary Anesthesia & Pain Management for Nurses & Technicians’. Dr. Grubb’s favorite achievement is winning the Distinguished Teaching Award at two Universities.


Additional Information

Full refunds are available for cancellations made by 5:00 p.m., ten days prior to beginning of your event. No refunds will be issued thereafter.