Séverine Tasker



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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 remained at Bristol, becoming Professor in Feline Medicine in 2016, where she worked for Langford Vets in the Feline Centre and the Molecular Diagnostic Unit, and was involved in teaching and research. Séverine now holds an honorary chair at Bristol Veterinary School and is Chief Medical Officer for Linnaeus, and 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 2021)

Barker EN & Tasker S. (2020) Advances in Molecular Diagnostics and Treatment of Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Advances in Small Animal Care 1, 161–188.


Malbon AJ, Michalpoulou E, Meli ML, Barker EN, Tasker S, Baptiste K & Kipar A. (2020) Colony stimulating factors in early feline infectious peritonitis virus infection of monocytes and in end stage feline infectious peritonitis; a combined in vivo and in vitro approach. Pathogens 9, 893.


Malbon A, Russo G, Burgener C, Barker EN, Meli ML, Tasker S & Kipar A. (2020) The Effect of Natural Feline Coronavirus Infection on the Host Immune Response: A Whole-Transcriptome Analysis of the Mesenteric Lymph Nodes in Cats with and without Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Pathogens 9, 524.


Duplan F, Davies S, Filler S, Abdullah S, Keyte S, Newbury H, Helps CR, Wall R & Tasker S. (2018) Anaplasma phagocytophilumBartonella spp., haemoplasma species and Hepatozoon spp. in ticks infesting cats: a large-scale survey. Parasites & Vectors 11, 201.


Barker EN, Lait P, Ressel L, Blackwell E-J, Tasker S, Kedward-Dixon H, Kipar A & Helps CR. (2020) Evaluation of Interferon-Gamma Polymorphisms as a Risk Factor in Feline Infectious Peritonitis Development in Non-Pedigree Cats—A Large Cohort Study. Pathogens 9, 535.


Lappin MR, Tasker S, Roura X. (2020) Role of vector-borne pathogens in the development of fever in cats: 1. Flea-associated diseases. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 22, 31-39.


Lappin MR, Tasker S, Roura X. (2020) Role of vector-borne pathogens in the development of fever in cats: 2. Tick- and sandfly-associated diseases. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 22,41-48.


Tasker S, Hofmann-Lehmann R, Belak S, Frymus T, Addie DD, Pennisi MG, Boucraut-Baralon C, Egberink H, Hartmann K, Hosie MJ, Lloret A, Marsilio F, Radford AD, Thiry E, Truyen U & Möstl K. (2018) Haemoplasmosis in Cats: European guidelines from the ABCD on prevention and management. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 20, 256-261.


Tasker S. (2018) Diagnosis of feline infectious peritonitis: Update on evidence supporting available tests. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 20, 228-243.


Barker EN, Stranieri A, Helps CR, Porter EL, Davidson AD, Day MJ, Knowles T, Kipar A & Tasker S. (2017) Limitations of using feline coronavirus spike protein gene mutations to diagnose feline infectious peritonitis. Veterinary Research 48, 60.

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