International Society for Companion
Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID)
ISCAID is dedicated to improving the care of pets (dogs, cats, birds, horses, exotic pets) with infectious diseases, and controlling the spread of these diseases. It aims to promote increased knowledge of companion animal infectious diseases through encouragement of research in the discipline and dissemination of information. It fosters the development and exchange of expertise in companion animal infectious diseases and microbiology through meetings and publications, as well as making recommendations on policies pertaining to companion animal infectious diseases. Learn more about ISCAID by clicking here.
Membership of ISCAID provides access to a database of clinical images, a library of review articles and latest publications relating to companion animal infectious diseases, access to a list of links to other infectious disease sites, and regular newsletters and news article summaries. Become a member by clicking here.
COVID-19 AND COMPANION ANIMALS
Dr. Jane Sykes BVSc PhD DACVIM, a Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at UC Davis with special interest in infectious diseases, and one of ISCAID’s founders, has assembled a taskforce of ISCAID members to provide updated information on the role of companion animals in the COVID-19 pandemic. We have answers to frequently asked questions for both owners and veterinarians. In addition, in our CURRENT ISSUES section, we provide insight to some of the more controversial topics. CLICK HERE to access these materials.
ISCAID 2020 SYMPOSIUM POSTPONED
Due to the continued challenges and uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ISCAID symposium is postponed. The symposium will now be held in Glasgow, Scotland from September 5-8, 2021. The abstract submission system remains open but the deadline is extended into 2021. Additional information is available under the ‘Meeting Info’ tab.
Antimicrobial Use Guidelines:
UPDATED URINARY GUIDELINES AVAILABLE FREE BY CLICKING HERE
GUIDELINES FOR DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY OF SUPERFICIAL BACTERIAL FOLLICULITIS (PYODERMA) AVAILABLE FREE BY CLICKING HERE
GUIDELINES FOR DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF RESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASE AVAILABLE FREE BY CLICKING HERE
The ISCAID Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group was established in 2010, and is comprised of clinical microbiologists, pharmacologists, and internal medicine specialists with expertise in infectious disease and antimicrobial use. The goals were 1) to develop guidelines containing recommendations for antimicrobial drug choice and dosing for specific diseases of companion animals, in order to reduce inappropriate use of antimicrobial drugs; 2) to educate of veterinarians about the need for rational and effective antimicrobial drug use; 3) to disseminate the guidelines widely in accessible formats; and 4) to identify areas for further research.
The first set of guidelines published were those for urinary tract infections in dogs and cats and superficial pyoderma in dogs. Guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of respiratory tract diseases in dogs and cats were published in early 2017.
Updated guidelines for urinary tract infections are in preparation.
Development of the guidelines was initially supported by an unconditional grant from Bayer Animal Health.