New test for kidney disease promises early detection

Dr. Ogeer newA new test to detect Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) with only 40 per cent loss of function will be headlined at the next QDVA dinner meeting, Wednesday, May 6th.

Dr. Jennifer Ogeer, of IDEXX Laboratories Canada, will present a talk on “Advances in Diagnosing and Monitoring Chronic Kidney Disease – An introduction to SDMA,” starting at 6 p.m.

Symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) is a methylated form of arginine excreted almost exclusively by the kidneys. According to IDEXX, the soon-to-be-released test for SDMA detects kidney disease in dogs and cats after only 40 per cent function loss on average. Currently available diagnostics using creatinine will not find disease until about 75 per cent of kidney function is lost.

A graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Ogeer completed an emergency medicine/critical care residency at Tufts University/Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston and a Master’s of Science degree (Critical Care) at the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph. She was an associate professor at Texas A&M University and Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, for several years before completing an executive MBA at Western University, London, Ontario. She joined  IDEXX as a Professional Services Veterinarian in 2015. Dr. Ogeer’s areas of medical interest include kidney disease, coagulation, pancreatitis and infectious disease testing and management.

This dinner talk will be free to QDVA members and staff. The cost for non-member DVMs and staff is $60 per person.

Attendance is limited to about 70 people. To be sure all members can be accommodated, some registration restrictions will apply. Each attending veterinarian can bring two lay staff. Please register by 5 p.m., Thursday, April 30th. If we still have room after the deadline, an email will be sent out inviting more staff members to attend.

Please note that this is the last meeting of the QDVA 2014/15 CE season. Our Annual General Meeting will be held after the talk and we need the support of members. Please plan to attend.

The session will be held as usual at the Belleville Club, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 5:30. p.m. Dinner will be catered by L’Auberge de France.

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