Join us for an informative and cutting-edge look at the latest advancements involving the intestinal microbiome in dogs and cats. This course is tailored towards practicing Small Animal Internal Medicine Diplomates and candidates who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise in the intestinal microbiome.
In a combination of lectures and interactive discussion, the course will cover the latest information on contributions of the microbiome to intestinal health and disease, current possibilities to assess microbiome changes, and current understanding and limitations of therapeutic strategies to address intestinal dysbiosis.
- Describe the interactions between enteropathogens, host immune system, the intestinal microbiome, and microbiota-derived metabolites.
- Diagnose intestinal dysbiosis based on taxonomy and functional microbiota changes.
- Recognize changes in intestinal microbiota as either cause or effect of intestinal disease.
- Describe current therapies (e.g., antibiotics, probiotics, and prebiotics) for intestinal disease that affect host and microbiota.
- Understand the promises and pitfalls of emerging therapies such as whole microbiota manipulation and postbiotics for managing intestinal disease.