Séverine Tasker

Board Member

Séverine Tasker, BSc BVSc (Hons) PhD DSAM DipECVIM-CA PGCertHE FHEA FRCVS

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 (December 2022):

1. Spada E, Galluzzo P, Torina A, Loria GR, Perego R, Grippi F, Blanda V, Baggiani L, D’Amico A, Pennisi MG, Helps CR, Malik R, Westman M, Gandolfi B, Spencer S, Proverbio D & Tasker S (2022) Evaluation of association between either blood genotype or blood phenotype and haemoplasma infection in UK and Italian cats. Veterinary Record Oct 12;e2282. doi: 10.1002/vetr.2282.

2. Maggi R, Halls V, Kramer F, Lappin M, Grazia Pennisi M, Peregrine A, Roura X, Schunack B, Scorza V, Tasker S, Baneth G, Bordeau P, Bowman DD, Breitschwerdt E, Capelli G, Cardoso L, Dantas-Torres F, Dobler G, Ferrer L, Gradoni L, Irwin P, Jongejan F, Kempf VAJ, Kohn B, Little S, Madder M, Maia C, Marcondes M, Miró G, Naucke T, Oliva G, Otranto D, Penzhorn BL, Pfeffer M, Sainz A, Shin S, Solano-Gallego L, Straubinger RK, Traub R & Wright I. (2022) Vector-borne and other pathogens of potential relevance disseminated by relocated cats Parasites & Vectors 15, 415.

3. Tasker S. (2022) Hemotropic mycoplasma. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice 52, 1319-1340.

4. GarciaTorres M, López MC, Tasker S, Lappin MR, BlasiBrugué C & Roura X. (2022) Review and statistical analysis of clinical management of feline leishmaniosis caused by Leishmania infantumParasites & Vectors 15, 253.

5. Attipa C, Yiapanis C, Tasker S & Diakou A. (2021) Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in cats from Cyprus. Pathogens 10, 882 (20%)

6. Taylor S, Spada E, Callan MB, Korman R, Leister E, Steagall P, Lobetti R, Seth M & Tasker S. (2021) 2021 ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Collection and Administration of Blood and Blood Products in Cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 23, 410-432.

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.