Jan Suchodolski
Dr. Jan Suchodolski
MedVet, DrVetMed, Ph.D., AGAF, DACVM
Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine Head, Microbiome Sciences
Texas A&M University
Dr. Jan Suchodolski is an associate professor in small animal medicine, associate director for research, and head of microbiome sciences at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He received his Dr. med. vet. from the University Vienna, Austria and his PhD in veterinary microbiology from Texas A&M University. He is board certified in immunology by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM).

His research is focused on developing biomarkers for gastrointestinal disease and therapeutic approaches for the modulation of the intestinal microbiota. He has authored or co-authored more than 240 peer-reviewed articles in the area of veterinary gastroenterology and microbiome research.


Joe Bartges
Dr. Joe Bartges
Professor of Internal Medicine, Interventional Radiology, and Nutrition
The University of Georgia
Dr. Joe Bartges received his DVM from the University of Georgia and completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia and in 1987 joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he remained until 2015. He was internist, nutritionist, and academic director at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT and was an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Cornell University prior to returning to The University of Georgia in 2016, where he is currently Professor of Medicine and Nutrition in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Bartges is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology, urology and nutrition. He is focused on minimally invasive procedures and on clinical research in urinary tract diseases and nutrition.

Marcio Carvalho Costa
Dr. Marcio Carvalho Costa
University of Montreal
Dr. Marcio Costa earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine in Brazil and moved to Canada to complete his residency in Large Animals Internal Medicine at the University of Guelph. He completed his PhD in 2014, using next generation sequencing to investigate factors affecting the intestinal microbiota of horses.

Dr. Costa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montreal. He currently does research in microbiota manipulation to improve the heath of domestic animals.

Stefan Unterer
Dr. Stefan Unterer
Prof., Dr. med. vet., Dr. habil., DipECVIM-CA
Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich (LMU)
Dr. Stefan Unterer is the head of the gastroenterology service at the Clinic of Small Animal Internal Medicine of the Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich. He completed his internship and residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Z├╝rich/Switzerland and University of Georgia/USA. Dr. Unterer became board-certified by the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2003.

After one year in private practice, he returned to academia and became a faculty member at the University of Munich/Germany. He finished his habilitation thesis in 2016. His clinical research projects include the intestinal microbiome and acute hemorrhagic diarrhea in dogs.

Anna-Lena Ziese
Dr. Anna-Lena Ziese
Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich (LMU)
Dr. Anna-Lena Ziese is currently completing her doctoral thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Stefan Unterer at the Ludwig-Maximilians- University of Munich (LMU) and Dr. Jan Suchodolski at Texas A&M University (TAMU). The overall research goal of this thesis is to investigate the impact of different therapeutic approaches such as probiotics and fecal microbiota transplantation on the intestinal microbiome and the clinical course in dogs with acute hemorrhagic diarrhea or chronic enteropathy.

Besides her research work, Dr. Ziese is working as a GI fellow in the gastrointestinal service at the Clinic of Small Animal Medicine, LMU Munich.