GI Microbiome for Specialists: Cutting Edge Theory and Application

GI Microbiome for Specialists: Cutting Edge Theory and Application

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Audience Audience: ACVIM, Diplomates and candidates Date Date: November 4-5, 2019
Category Category: Small Animal Internal Medicine
Start Time Start Time: Monday, 8:00 am
Type: Lecture Only End Time End Time: Tuesday, 3:00 pm
CE Hours CE Hours: 14 Venue Venue: Oquendo Center
Capacity Capacity 60 Location Location: Las Vegas. NV

Join us for an informative and cutting-edge look at the latest advancements involving the intestinal microbiome in dogs and cats. This course is tailored towards practicing Small Animal Internal Medicine Diplomates and candidates who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise in the intestinal microbiome. 

In a combination of lectures and interactive discussion, the course will cover the latest information on contributions of the microbiome to intestinal health and disease, current possibilities to assess microbiome changes, and current understanding and limitations of therapeutic strategies to address intestinal dysbiosis. 

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the interactions between enteropathogens, host immune system, the intestinal microbiome, and microbiota-derived metabolites. 
  • Diagnose intestinal dysbiosis based on taxonomy and functional microbiota changes.
  • Recognize changes in intestinal microbiota as either cause or effect of intestinal disease.
  • Describe current therapies (e.g., antibiotics, probiotics, and prebiotics) for intestinal disease that affect host and microbiota.
  • Understand the promises and pitfalls of emerging therapies such as whole microbiota manipulation and postbiotics for managing intestinal disease.

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Your registration fee includes:

  • Lecture Proceedings
  • Daily refreshment breaks and snacks
  • Lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • Transportation between the Courtyard by Marriott Las Vegas Henderson / Green Valley and Oquendo Center

RACE Application Status:
This program has been approved for 14 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.


Jan S. Suchodolski, MedVet, Dr. med. vet., PhD, AGAF, DACVM (Course Leader)
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Dr. Jan Suchodolski is an associate professor in small animal medicine, associate director for research, and head of microbiome sciences at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He received his Dr. med. vet. from the University Vienna, Austria and his PhD in veterinary microbiology from Texas A&M University. He is board certified in immunology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM). 

His research is focused on developing biomarkers for gastrointestinal disease and therapeutic approaches for the modulation of the intestinal microbiota. He has authored or co-authored more than 240 peer-reviewed articles in the area of veterinary gastroenterology and microbiome research.

Joseph Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) DACVN 

The University of Georgia, Athens GA

Dr. Joe Bartges received his DVM from the University of Georgia and completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia and in 1987 joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015.  He was internist, nutritionist, and academic director at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT and was an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cornell University prior to returning to The University of Georgia in 2016, where he is currently Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.  

Dr. Bartges is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology, urology and nutrition.  He is focused on minimally invasive procedures and on clinical research in urinary tract diseases and nutrition.

Marcio Costa, DVM, PhD
University of Montreal Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Dr. Marcio Costa earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine in Brazil and moved to Canada to complete his residency in Large Animals Internal Medicine at the University of Guelph. He completed his PhD in 2014, using next generation sequencing to investigate factors affecting the intestinal microbiota of horses. 

Dr. Costa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montreal. He currently does research in microbiota manipulation to improve the heath of domestic animals. 

Stefan Unterer, Priv.-Doz., Dr. med. vet., Dr. habil, DECVIM-CA
Ludwig-Maximillans-University of Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany

Dr. Stefan Unterer is the head of the gastroenterology service at the Clinic of Small Animal Internal Medicine of the Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich. He completed his internship and residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Zürich/Switzerland and University of Georgia/USA. Dr. Unterer became board-certified by the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2003. 

After one year in private practice, he returned to academia and became a faculty member at the University of Munich/Germany. He finished his habilitation thesis in 2016. His clinical research projects include the intestinal microbiome and acute hemorrhagic diarrhea in dogs.

Anna-Lena Ziese, MedVet 
Ludwig-Maximillans-University of Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany

Dr. Anna-Lena Ziese is currently completing her doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Stefan Unterer at the Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich (LMU) and Dr. Jan Suchodolski at Texas A&M University (TAMU). The overall research goal of this thesis is to investigate the impact of different therapeutic approaches such as probiotics and fecal microbiota transplantation on the intestinal microbiome and the clinical course in dogs with acute hemorrhagic diarrhea or chronic enteropathy. 

Besides her research work, Dr. Ziese is working as a GI fellow in the gastrointestinal service at the Clinic of Small Animal Medicine, LMU Munich.



The Oquendo Center

2425 E. Oquendo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89120
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The course will be conducted at The Oquendo Center, a state-of-the-art medical facility which hosts a wide range of veterinary events, including hands-on labs, lectures, workshops, symposiums and demonstrations. The Oquendo Center is conveniently located about one mile from the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and 3 miles from the Courtyard hotel.

For more information about The Oquendo Center, please click here.


Courtyard by Marriott Las Vegas Henderson / Green Valley

2800 North Green Valley Parkway
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 434-4700

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ACVIM group rate: $109.00 + tax per night. Rate includes hot breakfast in the Bistro dining area.

How to Make Your Reservation: 
Phone: (702)-434-4700
Online: For ACVIM group rate

ACVIM group rate will be available until October 3, 2019 or until sold out, whichever comes first. Please check your hotel reservation confirmation for reservation change and cancellation policy.

Complimentary transportation will be provided between the Courtyard by Marriott Las Vegas Henderson / Green Valley and The Oquendo Center.  A schedule will be announced 1-2 weeks prior to the course start date.

**Please note – if you are not staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Las Vegas Henderson / Green Valley then breakfast and transportation will be on your own**     


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