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Monday, August 14 • 10:40am - 11:30am
Infectious causes of cancer in the cat

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The identification of cancer-causing viruses bring with it the opportunity for novel treatments that can spare pets from cytotoxic side-effects by targeting the virus or the host’s immune response to it. The ultimate prize for viral-associated cancers is their prevention through screening, education and vaccination to reduce the population at risk. The most widely recognised cause of feline lymphoma, the focus of this session, is feline leukaemia virus (FeLV). Vaccination and changes in management practices have seen the global prevalence of FeLV infection fall and, with it, the incidence of FeLV-related cancers. Remarkably, in the face of this success, the prevalence of lymphoma remains high. This session will give an overview of cancer-causing viruses in the cat and provide an update of research findings on recently discovered gammaherpesvirus of domestic cats, Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1.

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Julia Beatty

Professor of Feline Medicine, University of Sydney
Professor Jules Beatty graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London and worked for the RSPCA before completing a PhD and post-doctoral studies on the immune response to FIV and viral oncogenesis at the University of Glasgow. Jules is a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand... Read More →

Monday August 14, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am AEST
Room 7