Katharina Zwicklbauer, recipient of the 2024 ABCD and Boehringer Ingelheim Young Scientist Award

Katharina Zwicklbauer wins the 2024 Young Scientist Award

The 2023 ABCD Young Scientist Award, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has been presented to Dr Katharina Zwicklbauer (27), of the Small Animal Clinic of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.

In memoriam: Hans Lutz

It is with great sadness that the ABCD announces the passing of one of its founding members, Hans Lutz (78). Hans was a renowned emeritus Veterinary Medicine Professor at University of Zurich, where he graduated in 1971.

Poland: Raw poultry meat most likely source of H5N1, case report shows

In June 2023, numerous cat deaths were documented by Polish media, reported ABCD member Tadeusz Frymus. Several feline cases of an acute, or peracute, disease had been reported. These fatal cases had presented initially with dyspnoea, pulmonary consolidation and neurological signs.

WOAH produces factsheet on avian influenza in cats – with help from the ABCD

Following the outbreaks of avian influenza in cats in Poland earlier this summer, two ABCD members held discussions with the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), which subsequently prepared a factsheet on avian influenza in cats.

Evelyn Kuhlmeier, ABCD & BI Young scientist awardee 2023

Evelyn Kuhlmeier wins the 2023 Young Scientist Award

The 2023 ABCD Young Scientist Award, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health goes to Dr Evelyn Kuhlmeier (27), of the Zurich University Department of Clinical Diagnostics.

ABCD welcomes MSD Animal Health as a new Premium Sponsor

…and that makes four! With the commitment of MSD Animal Health, the ABCD is proud to announce that its activities are now supported by four major players in the animal health field, with MSD joining ranks with Boehringer Ingelheim (founding sponsor), Virbac and Idexx.

Poland: Cat deaths due to H5N1 – no link with waterfowl

On 22 June 2023, numerous cat deaths were documented by Polish media, reported ABCD member Tadeusz Frymus. The previous week, several feline cases of an acute, or peracute, disease had been reported. These fatal cases had presented initially with dyspnoea, pulmonary consolidation and neurological signs.

Young scientist award announcement 2023

Apply now for the Young scientist award

Applications for the 2023 ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim Young Scientist Award are now open. This award aims to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology.

Ultrafiltration of FCoV

Published: 18/12/2022
Virologists are always looking for increased infectious titres for research purposes.

SARS-CoV-2 transmission between people and pets

Published: 26/10/2022

If both pets and people from the same households are SARS-CoV-2 positive, it’s likely due to an owner-to-animal transmission. This and other findings were reported in a recent large-scale prevalence study in the Netherlands, co-authored by ABCD’s Herman Egberink.

Vaccination of Immunocompromised cats

Received: 30 March 2022 / Revised: 25 April 2022 / Accepted: 26 April 2022 / Published: 28 April 2022

Vaccinating immunocompromised cats: can you? should you? and if yes, when?

Postmortem findings in kitten cured of FIP

Received: 8 October 2021 / Revised: 28 October 2021 / Accepted: 1 November 2021 / Published: 5 November 2021
Remember the German study on the efficacy of GS-441524 in cats with FIP, co-authored by ABCD’s Katrin Hartmann and Regina Hofmann-Lehmann?

Hans Lutz member of the Academia Europaea

Published: 17/10/2022

Hans Lutz, member of the ABCD and professor emeritus of Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics (VetSuisse Zurich), was admitted to the Academia Europaea this year due to his scientific publications.

Global handwashing day

Published: 15/10/2022

Today is global hand washing day! A simple and effective way to keep diseases at bay – and this is particularly true for barrier care in cat shelters.

Monitoring FIP treatment efficacy

Published: 10/10/2022

Several treatments are now being used against FIP. But how do you know if a cat is recovering? Monitoring acute phase proteins might be of interest, according to ABCD’s Diane Addie and colleagues.

Viruses: all you want to know about FCV

Received: 30 March 2022 / Revised: 24 April 2022 / Accepted: 25 April 2022 / Published: 29 April 2022

Epidemiologiy, diagnosis, treatment: all the latest updates about feline calicivirus can be found in the recent open-access paper by the ABCD published in Viruses!

New: Good vaccination practices

Published: 15/06/2022

What should be discussed during the pre-vaccination interview? Can you change brands during a vaccination schedule? Can hyperimmune sera be administered at the time of vaccination?

Updated: FIP guidelines

Published: 06/06/2022

So much has happened in recent months regarding the diagnosis and treatment of feline infectious peritonitis that it was time for a complete overhaul of the ABCD FIP guidelines! Read them here with the latest on treatment and diagnostics.

Published in Viruses: FCV infection in cats

What is the best diagnostic test for FCV? Will changing the vaccine strain provide better protection?

FIP: the impact of treatment with GS-441524

Received: 29 March 2022 / Revised: 8 May 2022 / Accepted: 13 May 2022 / Published: 17 May 2022
Do FIP-cats treated with GS-441524 stop shedding FCoV? ABCD’s Regina Hofmann-Lehmann and Katrin Hartmann were involved in a study to find out. Shedding decreases — but can reoccur.