Health Breakthroughs for Every Cat: FIP and Beyond
Feline Health Symposium

EveryCat Health Foundation, in collaboration with Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, present “Health Breakthroughs for Every Cat: FIP and Beyond,” a feline health symposium, on Friday, July 8th, and Saturday, July 9th, 2022 at the University of Florida, Gainesville. This special event is also being held virtually.

Banner with information about the Feline Health Symposium being held July 8th and 9th, 2022.

Join pioneers in cat health from across the globe who will be presenting on topics such as FIP, Kitten Health, Cat Friendly Homing, Treating Chronic Pain, Community Cats, FeLV, and more. Virtual and in-person registrations are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Friday, July 8, 2022

  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am: Pre-Conference Tours
  • 11:30 am – 6:00 pm: The Current State of FIP

Saturday, July 9, 2022

  • 8:30 am – 5:00 pm: Forging the Future of Feline Medicine
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Fabulous Feline Fête

RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education): This program has been submitted (but is not yet approved) for 10 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval. To receive your credit, please select the RACE credit tickets.

Conference Details and Hotel Information

Symposium Location:

University of Florida School
Straughn Center
2142 Shealy Dr, Gainesville, FL 32608

Hotel Information:

University of Florida Hilton Conference Center
1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607

Room Rate: $119 per night. To reserve a room, click HERE or call (352) 371-3600 and mention “EveryCat Health Symposium”

Fabulous Feline Fête (Banquet)

Celebrate and support a brighter future for feline health by joining us for our “Fabulous Feline Fête” banquet on Saturday, July 9th from 6 pm until 9 pm. The banquet will be held in the University of Florida Hilton Conference Center. Join us for dinner, silent auction, special cats from the Humane Society of North Central Florida, TICA’s Top 5, camaraderie, and music.

As a special offer, “Fabulous Feline Fête” tickets can be purchased as part of your symposium registration for a discounted price.

Banquet Location:

Century Ballroom
University of Florida Hilton Conference Center
1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607

Associated Conference Events

Friday, July 8th, 9am-11am

Tour of Operation Catnip

Community Cat Management Program

See how this small but mighty organization promotes humane community cat management with a working cat relocation program, a trap depot to lend out more than 500 traps, engagement with the community to save kittens born outside without taking them to a shelter, support for cat caregivers and trappers, TNR for more than 5,000 cats every year, and a mentorship program for veterinary students.

Operation Catnip gently cradling a sedated cat

Friday, July 8th, 9am-11am

Tour of the Small Animal Hospital

UF College of Veterinary Medicine

The UF Small Animal Hospital is home to a wide range of individual veterinary specialty services staffed by board-certified specialists, residents, interns and supported by highly trained veterinary technicians. Having a large number of specialists under one roof allows us to offer the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options to our animal patients including cats, dogs, birds, exotics and wildlife.

UF Small Animal Hospital front view at night

Keynote Speakers

*Dr. Niels C. Pedersen, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Niels Pedersen sitting in a chair holding a black cat

Dr. Julie Levy, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, DABVP (Shelter medicine practice)

Fran Marino Endowed Distinguished Professor of Shelter Medicine Education
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida

Dr. Levy with her white cat

Distinguished Speaker List

Dr. Emi Barker, BSc(RVC), BVSc, Ph.D., DipECVIM-CA

Referral Clinician, Clinical Pathology and Infectious Diseases Lead
University of Bristol

a picture of Dr. Emi Barker

Dr. John Boone, Ph.D.

Research Director
Great Basin Bird Observatory

picture of Dr. John Boone

Dr. Tyler Flockhart, Ph.D.

Population Ecologist and Conservation Biologist
Flockhart Consulting
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

a picture of Dr. Tyler Flockhart

*Vicky Halls, RVN Dip Couns, Cat Advocacy Project Manager

Cat Advocacy Project Manager, Cat-friendly Homing
International Cat Care

a picture of Vicki Halls

Dr. Sarah Jones, DVM

University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Sarah Jones, DVM UF intern

Robin Kintz

FIP warriors

a picture of Robin Kintz

Dr. Jennifer Lauren Lopez, DVM, MBA

Professional Services Veterinarian, Northeast
Antech Diagnostics and Imaging

Dr. Jennifer Lopez sitting on a couch with her 3 French bulldogs and small white poodle

*Dr. Jacqueline Norris, BVSc (Hons), MVS (Melb), Ph.D., FASM, MASID, Grad Cert Educ Stud (Higher), IVAS Cert. Acup, RCVS (Veterinary Microbiology)

Professor of Veterinary Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
University of Sydney

A picture of Dr. Jacqueline Norris

Dr. Wendy Novicoff, Ph.D

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Public Health Sciences
University of Virginia School of Medicine

a picture of Dr. Wendy Novicoff

Dr. Sheila Robertson, BVMS (Hons), Ph.D., DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), MRCVS

Senior Medical Director
Lap of Love

a picture of Dr. Sheila Robertson holding her cat

Dr. Kelly St. Denis, DVM, MS, DABVP (feline)

Editor, Consultant, Relief Veterinarian
St. Denis Professional Corp.

A picture of Kelly St. Denise sitting next to a wall gallery of her diplomas

Dr. Vicki Thayer, DVM, DABVP (feline)

Director Emeritus
EveryCat Health Foundation

Dr. Vicki Thayer holding a black cat

* appearing virtually


We are grateful to our early sponsors for helping make this event possible:

  • Special FIP Session Sponsor: Zoetis
  • FIP Speaker Sponsor: Anivive
  • General Session Speaker(s) Sponsors: Antech, IDEXX, Royal Canin, Zoetis
  • Hospitality Sponsor: BasePaws
  • Contributing Sponsor: Cat Fanciers’ Association
  • Fabulous Feline Fête Collaborator: The International Cat Association (TICA) and Dr. Elsey’s
  • Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available!
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Feline Health and Welfare Research

Our UF team is conducting the world’s first lifetime study of cats with FeLV that has already resulted in better diagnostic testing protocols and understanding how FeLV virus levels impact cat lifespan. We are also breaking new ground in protocols for affordable and practical treatment of deadly FIP in animal shelters. Your donations to our research programs will advance these critical studies with a direct impact on evidence-driven feline healthcare.