Pre-Forum Meeting Registration

April 18, 2017

Meals you plan to attend:
Sun, June 4: Dinner, 7pmMon, June 5: BreakfastMon, June 5: LunchMon, June 5: Dinner, 7pmTues, June 6: BreakfastTues, June 6: Box lunch

Do you have any dietary restrictions?

Will you be bringing a non-member guest?

Guests will be charged $100 (total) to contribute to the cost of their meals.
Please note below which meals for which the guest will be present:

More 2017 Pre-ACVIM Forum SCE Meeting Details

February 23, 2017

Here’s the link to reserve a room at The Alexandrian. When you reserve your room, there will be a location to “Make Request,” and that is how you choose how many beds are in the room (king, queen, and two double beds are all the same cost). The room rate is available for CHECK-IN from Saturday, June 3, to Monday, June 5 (with checkout on Tuesday, June 6). You must book by 5/3/2017.

German Shepherd Pituitary Dwarfism Study

February 19, 2017

Dear Colleagues!

Pituitary dwarfism is hereditary endocrine condition that can affect German Shepherd dogs (GSH). This disease is caused by a genetic defect that results in the degeneration of the pituitary gland and thus in a decrease of the growth hormone level.

The defect in the GSH population has already been investigated and we would like now to obtain more data concerning the disease pattern. Almost no information exists concerning the survival time of affected dogs, if they were treated and which treatment had been chosen and at last their cause of death.
In order to get an overview of the questions raised above, we are looking for German Shepherd dogs that are affected by dwarfism and unaffected GSD that act as controls (both can be alive or deceased). We have designed a survey which is directed to owners of affected dogs, but can also be filled in by veterinarians if the owner is unavailable or does not want to participate. It is available online:

It would be very valuable if this questionnaire could be forwarded to owners of GSH with pituitary dwarfism and unaffected DSH dogs. Any participation in this survey will be very much appreciated.

Of course all data will be confidential and we will not reveal any pet names or personal details. We would like to use only the scientific data collected.

We would be very grateful if you could support this project. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

Astrid Wehner, Dr. med. vet., Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Internal Medicine)
Stefanie Kitzmann, DVM

2015 Oxford Awards

February 19, 2017

The Oxford Laboratories Awards are given for excellence in the advancement of knowledge related to small animal endocrinology, and were announced at the SCE Business Meeting at the 2016 ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colorado. Thanks to Oxford Laboratories for supporting these awards once again this year!

Based on the recommendations of the SCE, the 2015 Oxford Laboratories Awards for Excellence in the advancement of knowledge concerning small animal endocrinology are being presented in two categories: Basic science and Clinical science.

Basic Science:

First Place:
Alisdair M. Boag, Michael R. Christie, Kerry A. McLaughlin, Harriet M. Syme,
Peter Graham, Brian Catchpole, et al. “Autoantibodies against Cytochrome P450 Side-Chain Cleavage Enzyme in Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) Affected with Hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s Disease).” PLoS ONE 10(11): e0143458. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143458.

Second Place:
Miriam M.J. Kool, Sara Galac , Noortje van der Helm, Catharina G. Spandauw,
Hans S. Kooistra, Jan A. Molet al. “Expression of somatostatin, dopamine, progesterone and growth hormone receptor mRNA in canine cortisol-secreting adrenocortical tumours.” The Veterinary Journal 206 (2015) 108–110.

Clinical Science:

First Place:
Linda A. Frank, G.A. Henry, J.C. Whittemore, B.D. Enders, D.I. Mawby, and B.W. Rohrbach. “Serum Cortisol Concentrations in Dogs with Pituitary-Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism and Atypical Hyperadrenocorticism.” JVIM 2015;29:193-199.

Second Place:
Susan Gottlieb, J.S. Rand, R. Marshall, and J. Morton. “Glycemic Status and Predictors of Relapse for Diabetic Cats in Remission.” JVIM 2015;29:184-192.

Oxford Laboratories’ Annual Publication Award Winners

February 19, 2017

Follow the link below to see the Oxford Laboratories Awardees for Excellence in the advancement of knowledge concerning small animal endocrinology:

2017 SCE Pre-Forum Meeting

January 30, 2017

The 2017 SCE Meeting will be held from June 4-6, prior to the ACVIM Forum, at The Alexandrian ( The preliminary program is below. This hotel used to be called Hotel Monaco, but was recently purchased by Marriott, for those of you that have visited this area before. I’m still working with the hotel to determine some of the details of the reservation system, and will send the link later. Single and double rooms are $239/night (about $550 total for two nights, including taxes), and triple and quad rooms will be $259 and $279 per night. I realize that this is a little more expensive than the previous years, but the location is easily accessible from Reagan National Airport (and they have a shuttle!). It’s also right in the middle of historic Old Town Alexandria, and accessible to D.C. via public transportation.

We are planning to continue the tradition of offering registration at no charge to members through the extremely generous support of our sponsors.

There will be more details to come, regarding hotel registration.



2017 Meeting of the Society for Comparative Endocrinology

June 4-June 6
Preliminary Program
June 4th 2017
6:00 PM Dinner – Networking and informal discussions

June 5th 2017 Diabetes Mini-Symposium
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Morning Session: Introductions and acknowledgment of sponsors

8:15 AM Title to be announced (Topic: Feline Diabetes Remission)
Ruth Gostelow, Royal Veterinary College.

9:15 AM Title to be announced (Topic: Feline Pre-diabetes)
Jacquie Rand, University of Queensland
10:00 AM Break – Coffee and Snacks
10:30 AM Title to be announced (Suggested topic: Insulin use in dogs)
Rebecka Hess, University of Pennsylvania (tentative)

11:30 AM Diabetes Q&A/Panel discussion
(moderator – to be named)
Ruth Gostelow
Jacquie Rand
Rebecka Hess

12:15 PM Research Abstract
12:30 PM Research Abstract
1:00 PM Buffet Lunch

Free Time – Enjoy the afternoon! 

7 PM Dinner – Networking and informal discussions

June 6th 2017
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Morning Session: Introductions and acknowledgment of sponsors
8:15 AM Title to be announced (Topic-Intestinal Dysbiosis in Obesity)
Jon Fletcher, Louisiana State University.

9:15 AM Endocrine Educators Program Pt 1 (speakers to be announced)
Cynthia Ward, University of Georgia.

10:00 AM Break – Coffee and Snacks.
10:30 AM Endocrine Educators Program Pt 2 (speakers to be announced)
Cynthia Ward, University of Georgia.

11:30 AM Title to be announced (Topic: Canine Addison’s Disease)
Ian Ramsey, University of Glasgow.

DEPARTURE Safe travels! Grab a boxed lunch for your trip.

SCE Events at the 2016 ACVIM Forum

June 6, 2016

If you just want to volunteer, skip ahead to #3!

For those of you who will attend the ACVIM Forum in Denver, CO, USA this week, I want to encourage you to take advantage of the SCE-associated events that will take place at the Forum.

1) The 2016 SCE program stream promises an afternoon of exciting and cutting edge educational talks with a ‘one health’ theme and a focus on endocrine genetics and feline hyperthyroidism. As usual, the lectures will be delivered by experts from veterinary and human medicine. The SCE program will be presented on Friday afternoon (June 10) in the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) Room 405. The session enjoys sponsorship from Dechra and will be moderated by Ed Monroe, SCE at-large board member.

2:10-3:00 PM Genetics of Endocrine Disease in Dogs and Cats (Lucy Davison)
3:10-4:00 PM Environmental Factors in the Development of Thyroid Disease (Jennifer Morrison)
4:25-5:15 PM Etiopathogenesis of Feline Hyperthyroidism (Hattie Syme)
5:25-6:15 PM Dietary Links to Feline Hyperthyroidism (Ingrid van Hoek)

2) I hope you intend to attend the SCE SIG and reception to enjoy some meet and greet time and catch up on SCE business. The SCE SIG Reception and Business Meeting is from 7:30-9:30 PM on Friday, June 10. The meeting will be in the CCC, rooms 103/105. The SIG is once again being sponsored by Merck

3) The Endocrine research presentations (oral abstracts and poster sessions) are one of the best reasons for attending the ACVIM Forum. As you know, many residents and graduate students present the results of their research in the ACVIM venue. As in the past, the SCE will sponsor awards for outstanding presentations – and, yes, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO JUDGE THE ORAL PRESENTATIONS AND THE POSTERS. If you would like to save me the trouble of bothering you when I see you at the meeting, please volunteer now! We need at least 3 judges for oral presentations and 3 judges for the posters. If you are willing to serve as a judge, please contact me ( or Patty Lathan ( as soon as you get this email. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Finally, the Forum has scheduled several other endocrinology-related sessions, many of which will be delivered by SCE members. I urge you to attend as many as possible to support our SCE colleagues. See you in a few days!



Tom Schermerhorn, SCE president

ESVE Summer School of Veterinary Endocrinology 2016

December 8, 2015

Our sister organization, the European Society for Veterinary Endocrinology, is hosting a one week summer school in the wonderful setting of Bologna, Italy. The program features lectures from leading veterinary endocrinologists from around the world. The program is intended for residents, academic staff involved in veterinary internal medicine, and any veterinarians with specific interest in veterinary endocrinology.

Further information on this exciting event is available here or by clicking on the flyer below.

Open faculty positions in endocrinology and metabolic disease at MSU

October 16, 2014

The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University is seeking applicants for a newly-approved academic specialist position in the endocrine section. Please see the position announcement for details of the duties and contact information.

Jack Oliver Graduate Research Award

October 16, 2014

The Society for Comparative Endocrinology (SCE) is pleased to invite proposals for the 2015 Jack Oliver Graduate Research Awards.

This award is primarily aimed to provide funding to research projects conducted by post-graduate veterinarians enrolled in a graduate or clinical training program (e.g., DipECVIM/DipACVIM Residency, MSc, PhD etc).

The award will be in the amount of US$5,000 (plus US$2,000 available for travel to present results) and the expectation is that the researcher will present their findings at the ACVIM Forum. A final report must be submitted within 2-years of the date of successful award notification.

The closing date for applications for submissions is January 31st 2015.

Please refer to the full guidelines to submit an application.