BSc BVSc (Hons) PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGCertHE FHEA MRCVS
After graduation from Bristol Veterinary School, Séverine spent time working for a charity veterinary practice before moving to Edinburgh to complete a FAB (now ICatCare) Residency in Feline Medicine. She then returned to the University of Bristol and completed a PhD in feline haemoplasmosis in 2002. She is currently Professor in Feline Medicine at Bristol where she works for Langford Vets in the Feline Centre and the Molecular Diagnostic Unit, where she is academic lead for the Acarus Laboratories. She is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, especially infectious diseases and haematological disorders and edited the BSAVA Manual of Feline Practice; A Foundation Manual. Séverine is a recent recipient of the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in small animal veterinary medicine and the Petplan Charitable Trust Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary research.
My list of 10 most recent infectious disease publications (November 2015)
Longstaff L, Porter E, Crossley VJ, Hayhow SE, Helps CR & Tasker S (2015) Feline coronavirus quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction on effusion samples in cats with and without feline infectious peritonitis. In press Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Oct 16. pii: 1098612X15606957. [Epub ahead of print]
Weingart C, Tasker S & Kohn B. (2015) Infection with haemoplasma species in 22 cats with anaemia. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Mar 3. pii: 1098612X15573562. [Epub ahead of print].
Lewis CS, Porter E, Matthews D, Kipar A, Tasker S, Helps CR, Siddell SG (2015). Genotyping coronaviruses associated with feline infectious peritonitis. Journal of General Virology 96 1358-1368.
Hicks CAE, Willi B, Riond B, Novacco M, Meli ML, Stokes CR, Helps CR, Hofmann-Lehmann R & Tasker S. (2015) Protective immunity against Infection with Mycoplasma haemofelis. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 22: 108-118.
Aquino LC, Hicks CAE, Scalon MC, Lima MG da M, Lemos M dos S, Paludo RG, Helps CR & Tasker S (2014) Prevalence and phylogenetic analysis of haemoplasmas from cats infected with multiple species. Journal of Microbiological Methods 107 189-196
Porter E, Tasker S, Day MJ, Harley R, Kipar A, Siddell SG, Helps CR (2014) Amino acid changes in the spike protein of feline coronavirus correlate with systemic spread of virus from the intestine and not with feline infectious peritonitis. Veterinary Research 45: 49.
Beatty JA, Troyer RM, Carver S, Barrs VR, Espinasse F, Conradi O, Stutzman-Rodriguez K, Chan CC, Tasker S, Lappin MR, VandeWoude S. (2014) Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1; a widely endemic potential pathogen of domestic cats. Virology 460-461: 100-107
Ghazisaeedi F, Atyabi N, ZahraiSalehi T, Gentilini F, AshrafiTamai I, Akbarein H & Tasker S. (2014). A molecular study of haemotropic mycoplasmas (haemoplasmas) in cats in Iran. Veterinary Clinical Pathology 43: 381-386.
Hicks CAE, Barker EN, Brady C, Stokes CR, Helps CR & Tasker S. (2014) Non-ribosomal phylogenetic exploration of Mollicute species: new insights into haemoplasma taxonomy. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 23: 99-105.
Tasker S (2013) Exotic diseases - a growing concern? Journal of Small Animal Practice 54: 393-394.