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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.

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


  • 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.

  • Leticia M. Souza Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB

    Dr. Dantas earned her DVM at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in sunny Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003. She obtained a M.S. on feline medicine and welfare in 2008 and a Ph.D. on domestic cat social behavior, aggression and environmental enrichment for shelter and communally housed cats in 2010. Dr. Dantas has over 16 years of experience working in academia. She has taught Ethology, Behavioral Medicine, Bioethics and Animal Welfare Science and trained senior veterinary students in Clinical Behavioral Medicine. In 2009, she came to work at University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine service, where she also did her residency. She is the co-founder and co-director of ZooPsych, Inc., a consulting business in behavioural medicine and animal mental health, is a member of the advisory panel for the Fear Free initiative and certified Fear Free professional, and is currently the director and attending faculty of our VTH’s Behavioral Medicine Service.

  • Jennifer Good, DVM, DACVECC

    Dr. Good graduated from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She completed her rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in NJ and her Emergency and Critical Care residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. She has been an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Emergency and Critical Care department of UGA’s Veterinary Teaching hospital since 2017.

  • 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.

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.