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 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 Director of Medical Education Pathways and Vet Relations in Mars Veterinary Health International. 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.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 (June 2024):

1. Taylor SS, Coggins S, Barker EN, Gunn-Moore D, Jeevaratnam K, Norris JM, Hughes D, Stacey E, MacFarlane L, O’Brien C, Korman R, McLauchlan G, Salord Torres X, Taylor A, Bongers J, Espada Castro L, Foreman M, McMurrough J, Thomas B, Royaux E, Calvo Saiz I, Bertoldi G, Harlos C, Work M, Prior C, Sorrell S, Malik R & Tasker S. (2023) Retrospective study and outcome of 307 cats with feline infectious peritonitis treated with legally sourced veterinary compounded preparations of remdesivir and GS-441524 (2020–2022). Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 25 doi.org/10.1177/1098612X231194

2. Tasker S, Addie DD, Egberink H, Hofmann-Lehmann R, Hosie M, Truyen U, Belák S, Boucraut-Baralon C, Frymus T, Lloret A, Marsilio F, Grazia Pennisi M, Thiry E, Möstl K & Hartmann K. (2023) Feline Infectious Peritonitis: European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases Guidelines. Viruses 15, 1847.

3. Chan I, Dowsey A, Lait P, Tasker S, Blackwell E, Helps CR, Barker EN. (2023) Prevalence and risk factors for common respiratory pathogens within a cohort of pet cats in the UK. Journal of Small Animal Practice 64 doi.org/10.1111/jsap.1362

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

7. Garcia‑Torres M, López MC, Tasker S, Lappin MR, Blasi‑Brugué C & Roura X. (2022) Review and statistical analysis of clinical management of feline leishmaniosis caused by Leishmania infantumParasites & Vectors 15, 253.

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

9. 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.

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