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Companion Animal Practice
Current concepts in feline haemobartonellosis
  1. Séverine Tasker

    Séverine Tasker graduated from Bristol in 1994 and after a year in practice moved to Edinburgh to complete a Feline Advisory Bureau residency in feline medicine. She is currently a lecturer in small animal medicine at Bristol. She holds the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine and a PhD for studies on feline haemoplasma infection. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an RCVS recognised specialist in feline medicine. She has a particular interest in feline haematology and infectious diseases.


HAEMOBARTONELLA felis is an important cause of haemolytic anaemia in cats. Over the past five years significant advances in the understanding of this organism have been made, which have led to the reclassification of the organism and new methods of diagnosing infection based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis. This article describes these advances and discusses what the implications are when a cat is diagnosed with this infection.

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