Results of the Board elections are in!
The CGS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the results of
the 2015 elections. Thank you to all the members who took the time
Dr. Albert Jergens is our new President-Elect and Dr. Katharine
Arnell is our new webmaster. Dr. Craig Ruaux will move from
President-Elect to President and Dr. Jörg Steiner will move from
President to Past-President. Additionally Dr. Jan Suchodolski will
continue his term as Secretary/Treasurer and Drs. Keith Richter and
Peter Kook will continue their terms as At Large members. The board
members will officially start their terms at the CGS Luncheon at
the ACVIM Form in Indianapolis. Congratulations to all the board
The CGS would also like to extend a resounding thank you to Dr.
Karin Allenspach for her dedicated service to the CGS as Webmaster.
Additionally, a big round of applause to Drs. Stan Marks and
Matthew Krecic for their willingness to serve the CGS!
New CGS Board membership:
President: Craig Ruaux
President-Elect: Albert Jergens
Past-President: Jörg Steiner
Secretary/Treasurer: Jan Suchodolski
Webmaster: Kate Arnell
At Large I: Keith Richter
At Large II: Peter Kook
GUTSKI Announcement for 2016!
The 2016 GUTSKi meeting will be held at the Woodspur Lodge in
Winterpark, CO. The dates for the meeting are Feb. 27-Mar. 2,
2016. Note: this is earlier than we usually hold the meeting,
so please make a note in your calendar to save the date. More
information will be coming in the summer. We hope as many of
you can make it as possible!
GUTSEA 2015 in Placencia, Belize was a great success!
There were 44 active participants. Thanks to Keith
Richter, Bob Sherding, and Jan Suchodolski for organizing this
wonderful event. Thanks to Nutromax Laboratories, Nestle
Purina Pet Care, Storz Veterinary Endoscopy, Zoetis, and VCA Antech
for their generous sponsorship of this meeting.
Keith Richter has sent out a questionnaire to receive input from
the membership for options for locations for the next GUTSEA
Digestive Diseases Week 2015
There were 25 CGS members present for the dinner at DDW in
Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by Exegi
Pharmaceutical. DDW was a memorable experience with more than
16,000 gastroenterologists in attendance and well over 5,00
research abstracts presented. Next year, DDW will be held in
San Diego, CA.
Winners for 2015!
ACVIM abstract presentations - the winners are:
First Place, Oral Abstract Category – Blake Guard
Blake Guard is a Master’s student at the Gastrointestinal
Laboratory, Texas A&M University. His presentation, entitled
“The effect of the probiotic Sivoy on fecal microbial composition
in healthy dogs”, describes changes over time in the structure of
the fecal microbiome in healthy dogs receiving a high-dose
probiotic product, showing a marked increase in Streptococcus spp
and Bifidobacterium spp abundance after 60 days of treatment with
Equal Second Place, Oral Abstract Category – A three-way tie: Dr’s
Alexandra Hamilton, Yasushi Minamoto, and Sara Wennogle
Dr Alexandra Hamilton is a third year small animal internal
medicine resident at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego,
California. Her presentation was titled “Serum markers of Vitamin B
metabolism in cats with hepatic lipidosis”. Dr Hamilton reported
that cats with hepatic lipidosis had higher serum methylmalonic
acid concentrations than healthy cats, even though serum cobalamin
was considered normal in most affected cats. This suggests that
cobalamin metabolism may be compromised at a cellular level in cats
with hepatic lipidosis. Dr Hamilton’s presentation was also
judged the winner of the ACVIM Resident Award for an oral
presentation in Small Animal Gastroenterology.
Dr Yasushi Minamoto is a PhD student in the Gastrointestinal
Laboratory at Texas A&M University. His presentation, “Fecal
short-chain fatty acid concentrations in dogs with chronic
enteropathy”, demonstrated several interesting and important
changes in fecal SCFA’s, and by implication changes in enterocyte
metabolism, in dogs with chronic enteropathic disease. Fecal
concentrations of acetate, propionate and total SCFA were all
reduced in dogs with chronic enteropathy. The possible role of the
gastrointestinal microbiota in these changes is an obvious area of
Dr Sara Wennogle is a resident in Small Animal Internal Medicine
at Colorado State University. In her presentation “Measurement of
plasma fibrinogen in dogs with hepatobiliary disease” she presented
data showing that dogs with hypofibrinogenemia is more likely to
occur in dogs with chronic hepatitis than with other histological
categories of chronic hepatobiliary disease, with many dogs in the
chronic hepatitis group showing fibrinogen concentrations lower
than the assay reference range.
First Place, Poster Abstract Category – Jess Rigling
Jess Rigling is a second year veterinary student in the Oregon
State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her poster,
entitled “Validation of a urinary 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid
assay, and preliminary use in dogs with chronic enteropathies”, was
the product of a summer research program funded by a grant from the
Comparative Gastroenterology Society as part of a program to
enhance DVM student interest in gastrointestinal research. In her
poster, Jess showed that a commercially available assay kit for
5-HIAA, a terminal metabolite of serotonin, is usable with
canine-origin urine samples following dilution to eliminate a
matrix effect, and that 5-HIAA is elevated in dogs with chronic
enteropathy. Interestingly, she also showed that urinary
5-HIAA:Creatinine correlates linearly with disease severity as
measured by CIBDAI.
Second Place, Poster Abstract Category – Dr Frances Hurrell
Dr Frances Hurrell is a third-year small animal internal medicine
at the Ryan Hospital for Companion Animals, University of
Pennsylvania. Her poster, entitled “Beta-hydroxybutyrate
concentrations in dogs with acute pancreatitis and without diabetes
mellitus”, presented fascinating data regarding the presence of
ketosis in dog with acute pancreatitis, who showed significantly
higher concentrations of BOHB than either healthy dogs or sick dogs
presented for diseases other than pancreatitis. In this study there
was no apparent relationship between BOHB concentrations and length
of clinical signs, dog’s body condition or any of several clinical
pathology variables assessed, thus the prognostic utility of this
finding requires further assessment.
Congratulations to all!
CGS Veterinary Student Summer Research Scholar Program
This year two grants were awarded. The winners are Gena
Esposito from Texas A&M University and Rebecca Timmons from
Colorade State University.
Gena Esposito is a a student (class of 2018) under the mentorship
of Dr. Jan Suchodolski, the title of their project is "Measurement
of fecal metabolites in dogs with chronic enteropathy". Rebecca
Timmons is a student (Class of 2017) under the mentorship of Dr.
Craig Webb, the title of their project is "In vitro Optimization of
Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Treatment of Chronic Enteropathy in
Congratulations to Gena Esposito and Rebecca Timmons!
CGS/Iams-Eukanuba Professional Development Awards for travel to
This year the CGS board has decided to give 4 awards to members
Dr. Samantha Parkinson, second year small animal internal
medicine resident at the University of Tennessee
Dr. Agostino Buono, PhD student at Texas A&M
Dr. Allison Kendall, Purdue University, Indiana,
and Dr. Alison Manchester, University of Wisconsin.
Each award covers travel related expenses up to $1,500, kindly
sponsored by P&G PetCare.
Please join me in congratulating our winners on this prestigious
Digestive Disease week travel awards
The Board of the Comparative Gastroenterology Society (CGS) is
pleased to announce the winners of the CGS/Iams-Eukanuba
Professional Development Awards - Digestive Diseases Week (DDW)
Travel Award 2015.
This year two travel grants were awarded. The winners are Dr.
Emily Gould from the University of Tennessee and Dr. Lina Maria
Martinez-Lopez from the University of Melbourne.
Dr. Gould is a Master’s candidate under the mentorship of Dr.
Katie Tolbert. Dr. Martinez-Lopez is a PhD candidate under the
mentorship of Dr. Caroline Mansfield.
Congratulations to Dr. Gould and Dr. Martinez-Lopez , and many
thanks to Iams-Eukanuba for their continued generous support of
2015 Waltham/CGS research grant award
The Board of the CGS is pleased to announce the winner of the
2015 CGS/Waltham Research Grant.
All grants were judged by CGS Board members and volunteer CGS
This year’s grant is awarded to Dr. Jessica Florey for her
project “Celiac disease in dogs with chronic enteropathies-
more common than we think?”.
Dr. Florey is a 1st year internal medicine resident at the Royal
Veterinary College under mentorship of Dr. Karin Allenspach.
Congratulations to Drs. Florey and Allenspach and many thanks to
Waltham for their continued generous support of this grant!
Newest membership letter now available!