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Feline Health Symposium

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

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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.


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


Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu


  • 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 is from West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University. After receiving 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 joined the faculty at the University of Georgia and in 1987 joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he remained until 2013. At Tennessee, he was Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, held the Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research, and served as interim department head. He then was internist, nutritionist, and academic director at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford CT and was an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cornell University. He joined the faculty at The University of Georgia in 2016 and is currently Professor of Internal Medicine, Interventional Radiology, and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. He is board certified in small animal internal medicine and nutrition. He is a past president of the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology and is Chairperson of the Residency Training and Credentials Committee for Nutrition. Dr. Bartges is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology and urology and nutrition. He has published over 400 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 275 meetings including many international. He has two children now adults, two cats, and his significant other is Dr. Donna Raditic.

  • 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.

Additional Information


These abstracts will not be published in a peer reviewed journal and so can be used at another meeting in the future.

Author(s): • Enter each author’s name and institutional affiliations (including city and state). If no institution is involved, give the city and state.
Title: • 15 words maximum. Clearly indicate the nature of the investigation. • Abbreviations should be avoided. • Use Mixed Case for the Title.


• Line spacing is single.
• One blank line between paragraphs.
• 500 word limit.
• Do not mention support of work for a research grant, conflict of interest or copyright permission.
• Do not use subheadings (e.g., Methods, Results).
• Organize the body of the abstract as follows: A statement of the purpose of the study. A statement of the methods used. A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. Statements that data is pending are not acceptable. A statement of the conclusions reached (it is not satisfactory to state “the results will be discussed” or “other data will be presented”).
• Tables and Graphs: Use only if they are simple and neat. Tables and graphs must be imported into the abstract submission application. Tables and graphs will not be accepted independent of the abstract submission application. Only 2 tables or graphs allowed.
• Abbreviations and Drug Names: Abbreviations accepted by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) are suggested. • Abbreviations otherwise not defined must be defined by the author by placing them in parenthesis after the full word the first time they appear. Abbreviations should be avoided in titles. Non-proprietary (generic) names are required the first time a drug is mentioned, written in small letters. • Proprietary names are always capitalized, e. g. cimetidine (Tagamet).

Please submit abstracts to Chad Schmiedt via email at cws@uga.edu no later than May 15, 2022.