A UK vet won recognition for her research at the 26th European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine congress in Sweden.

Florence and Clémentine
Florence Vessières and Clémentine Jean-Philippe of Nestlé Purina.

Florence Vessières of Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists in Winchester won €1,000 (£868) for the best oral presentation from the European Society of Comparative Gastroenterology session for her work on the Escherichia coli virulence markers in dogs suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Virulence genes

Dr Vessières investigated the presence of virulence genes associated with diarrhoeagenic E coli in the intestinal mucosa of dogs diagnosed with IBD at the RVC. She isolated strains from German shepherd dogs (GSD) and non-GSDs.

Her results suggest E coli carrying the attaching and effacing (eae) gene – which codes for intimin adherence protein – and possibly other virulence factors could be involved in the pathogenesis of IBD in GSDs.

Improve understanding

Dr Vessières said: “Receiving this prize is very rewarding and I am thankful to all the people involved in this project. Our aim is to further continue research on this interesting topic, and we hope to improve our understanding and treatment of dogs with IBD in the future.”

About 950 vets from around the world attended the scientific conference, aimed at practitioners specialising in small animal medicine and related veterinary specialities.

Pet food company Nestlé Purina sponsored numerous sessions on a variety of topics, from gastroenterology and nutrition to internal veterinary medicine, and awarded a prize on gastroenterology.


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