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UGA Feline Health Symposium – NEW DATE!

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education

The first annual University of Georgia Feline Health Symposium will bring together experts in all areas of feline health and feature cutting-edge abstract presentations, as well as clinically oriented lectures in all aspects of feline health, offering 6 hours of CE credit.

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.

We will offer this symposium virtually via ZOOM!




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

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
1:45 pm 2:00 pm
Chad Schmiedt
2:00 pm 2:50 pm
The Itchy Cat - Update on Old and Novel Therapeutics
Frane Banovic
3:00 pm 3:50 pm
Feline Chronic Kidney Disease: Pressure, Proteinuria, and Phosphorus - The 3 Ps of Progression
Bianca Lourenco
4:00 pm 4:50 pm
Oncology Topic
Corey Saba
5:00 pm 6:00 pm
Abstract Presentations


Start Time
End Time
9:00 am 9:50 am
Tips for Managing Feline Diabetes Mellitus
Andrew Bugbee
10:00 am 10:50 am
Feline Renal Transplant
Chad Schmiedt
11:00 am 11:50 am
The Vomiting Cat: addressing acute and chronic GI disease in general practice
Autumn Vetter
12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Abstract Presentations


  • Frane Banovic, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVD

    After graduating from veterinary school in Zagreb (Croatia) in 2008, Dr. Banovic continued with further education at the University of Zagreb by pursuing and finishing a PhD program in veterinary microbiology. In the summer of 2011, Dr. Banovic finished one-year rotational internship at the Veterinary School in Munich (Germany) and started his three-year dermatology residency program at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After finishing residency, he enrolled in a postdoctoral fellowship in Investigative Dermatology with the primary research focus on itch in atopic dermatitis and staphylococcal pyoderma. Dr Banovic favors interdisciplinary approaches to biological questions and incorporates basic immunology as well as cell biological and biochemical approaches in his research. He is board-certified by European College of Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Banovic is presently an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Banovic’s main research interests lie in the field of comparative allergies, related staphylococcal skin infections and autoimmune skin diseases.

  • Bianca Lourenco, DVM,MSc,PhD,DACVIM

    Bianca Lourenço obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Porto in Portugal, in 2010. The year after graduation, she worked as a small animal practitioner in Porto, and in Newmarket, United Kingdom. She completed a rotating internship at the University of Cambridge, which was followed by a second small animal internship at North Carolina State University. She trained as a resident in small animal internal medicine at the University of Georgia (UGA), and obtained her Diploma in 2016. She continued at UGA for her PhD, during which time her research focused on the mechanisms of progression of canine and feline chronic kidney disease. She graduated with her PhD in the Summer of 2019, and joined the Small Animal Internal Medicine faculty at UGA in the Fall.

  • Chad Schmiedt, DVM, DACVS

    Dr. Chad Schmiedt received his DVM from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, followed by a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tennessee, and then a one-year surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center.  Following his internships, Dr. Schmiedt completed a three-year surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.   Dr. Schmiedt was a Clinical Instructor at the University of Wisconsin for two years following his residency.

    In the summer of 2007, Dr. Schmiedt returned to UGA to join the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine as a soft tissue surgeon.

    Dr. Schmiedt is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, is a Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and holds the Alison Bradbury Chair in Feline Health.

  • 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.

  • Autumn McBride Vetter, DVM

    “Autumn Vetter, a self proclaimed “crazy cat lady,” currently serves as an Assistant Professor for the Community Practice Clinic at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, a role she began in May of 2021. She has lived all over the United States but considers Athens, Georgia, home.

    Dr. Vetter is a “double dawg,” receiving both her undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Georgia. Following graduation from vet school, she completed a rotating internship with Bluepearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, Florida, followed by a year working in feline practice at The Cat Doctors of South Tampa. She is currently pursuing ABVP specialization in Canine and Feline Practice.

    Her veterinary interests remain feline focused with special emphasis on helping kitties feel at home in a veterinary hospital with Fear Free handling and behavior techniques. Other research and teaching interests include kidney disorders, endocrinology, oral diseases, and helping students to develop excellent communication skills.

    Dr. Vetter spends her free time hiking, crocheting (mostly cat sweaters), running, and cheering on the dawgs during college football season. She shares her home with her husband, Chris, along with 7 cats and a Great Pyrenees mix (who thinks he’s a cat).”

  • Corey Saba DVM, DACVIM

    Dr. Corey Saba graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in
    2002. She completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at Texas A&M, followed by a
    three-year medical oncology residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Saba has
    been with the University of Georgia since 2006 and is currently a Professor of Oncology in the
    Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Additional Information

Currently accepting abstracts!

A limited number of opportunities are available for presentation of abstracts.  Topics considered will be anything related to current topics in feline health.  Abstracts can be presented as a poster or a 12-minute podium presentation.

DEADLINE: Abstracts should be 250 words or less and are due June 15, 2021 .

Interested participants should email Dr. Chad Schmiedt, Alison Bradbury Chair in Feline Health, at cws@uga.edu.