5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

Approach to Canine Enteropathy

Saturday, December 2
1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom Salon A


Signs of canine enteropathy are a common presenting complaint to veterinary practitioners. However, these clinical signs are not specific for gastrointestinal disease and can be triggered by a variety of systemic diseases. Creating a plan to quickly and correctly identify and treat the cause of these clinical signs can be challenging for practitioners. This seminar will introduce some keys to success including a review of common presenting signs, introduction of emerging causes of chronic enteropathy in the dog, and presentation of a structured diagnostic and therapeutic algorithm. Current and novel treatment strategies as well as case presentations will be included in the discussion.

M. Katherine Tolbert

Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. M. Katherine ("Katie") Tolbert is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She completed her veterinary degree as well as a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at the University of Georgia. She then completed a small animal internal medicine residency at North Carolina State University. Following her residency, she pursued a doctorate in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is currently on faculty as an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine (UT CVM). In addition to running an extramurally funded lab devoted to clinical and basic gastroenterology research, Dr. Tolbert also has a clinical appointment serving as a small animal internist at the UT CVM. She has a passion for all of the sub-specialties of clinical medicine but particularly enjoys gastrointestinal, immune-mediated, and infectious diseases. Dr. Tolbert’s clinical research program is focused on small animal gastroenterology with a specific interest in the investigation of the efficacy of anti-secretory drugs and gastroprotectants and the rationale for their use in the treatment of acid-related disorders, organ failure, and inflammatory diseases in companion animals. Her basic science research program is dedicated to characterizing the pathogenic mechanisms of feline Tritrichomonas foetus infection and exploring novel therapies to prevent and/or ameliorate T. foetus-induced colitis. Peer-reviewed manuscripts written by the author can be found at: orcid.org/0000-0001-8725-9530.


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