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.

Oxford Laboratories awards

March 26, 2014

SCE members are invited to send in your nominations for the 2013 Oxford Laboratories Awards for excellence in the advancement of knowledge related to small animal endocrinology.

Any publication in the field of endocrinology, published during the year 2013, with an author that is a member of the SCE, is eligible for this award.

Please send a copy of the nominated paper to Dr Patty Lathan, specifying whether the paper should be considered in the “Basic Science” or “Clinical Science” category. Members are permitted to nominate their own publications.

Nominations are due by Monday, March 31.

Thanks go to Oxford Laboratories for sponsoring this award again this year.


February 22, 2014

Please see the following notice from Dr Ray Nachreiner, Chairperson of the SCE External Quality Assurance Program:

We have two lyophilized canine samples for assessment. Cooperating laboratories should be sure to include the name of the assay manufacturer for each assay. For Siemens, please state whether it is Immulite or RIA, etc.

In order to expedite reporting of results, it is best to FAX them to me. Our FAX number is 517-353-5096. I am proposing a deadline of April 15 for the results to be completed so that we can finish the statistical analyses in a timely manner. For mail reports, our address is DCPAH Endocrine Diagnostic Section, 4125 Beaumont Road, Lansing, MI 48910-8104, USA.


We are able to send these samples to you at no charge since the SCE EQUAS program is generously subsidized by Oxford Laboratories, PO Box 558, Oxford, MI 48371, USA. Be sure to express your gratitude to them and their representatives for their continuing support of SCE. As always, if you have any suggestions for improvement of the EQUAS program, please contact me.

Open faculty positions in endocrinology and metabolic disease at MSU

May 23, 2013

The Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation and the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is inviting applications for two positions in the area of endocrinology and metabolic disease.

Please see the position announcement for further details.

Final Program for 2013 SCE Meeting (updated May 23rd)

April 18, 2013

June 9th 2013

Dinner 6 pm - Networking and informal discussions

June 10th 2013

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am  - Introductions and acknowledgment of sponsors

Morning topic – Diabetes mellitus

8:10 am Dr. Claudia Kirk Update on the feline obesity/diabetes ACVIM consensus statement (30 min lecture plus 20 minutes discussion)

9:00 am Dr. Richard Nelson Use of insulin analogs in dogs (30 min lecture plus 20 minutes discussion).

9:50 am Dr. Paul Robertson MD  Glucose toxicity

10:50 am Coffee/snack  break

11:15 am Dr. Paul Robertson MD  Pancreatic islet transplantation

12:15 pm Dr. Jacquie Rand  Diagnosis of pre-diabetes and diabetes in cats

12:45 pm Adjourn

Boxed Lunches

Afternoon Free Time

7:00 pm DinnerNetworking and informal discussions

June 11th 2013

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am - Introductions and acknowledgment of sponsors

Morning topic – Treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism

8:10 am Dr. Hattie Syme Oral anti-thyroid drugs for treatment of feline hyperthyroidism

8:40 am Dr. Dave Bruyette Nutritional management of hyperthyroidism using iodine limited diets

9:10 am Dr. Catharine Scott-Moncrieff Effect of iodine limited diets on thyroidal iodine uptake in hyperthyroid cats

9:40 am Dr. Mark Peterson Update on radioactive iodine treatment in cats

10:00 am Panel discussion (Peterson, Syme, Bruyette, Scott-Moncrieff) on treatment of feline hyperthyroidism Moderator Dr. Johan Schoeman

10:30 am Coffee/snack break

11:00 am Dr. Peter Graham/Markus Rick

Update on EQUAS and early experiences of the ESVE External QA scheme

11:30 am Kent Refsal/Markus Rick An update on the measurement of 21-hydroxylase antibodies in dogs with hypoadrenocorticism

12:00 pm Kent Refsal/Markus Rick ‘Diagnosis of Primary Hyperaldosteronism in Cats:  Current Status and Questions for the Future’

12:30 pm Dr. Alan Poppl Insulin binding studies in muscle of bitches and tyrosine quinase activity, during different estrous cycle phases, and in bitches suffering from pyometra.

1:00 pm Adjourn

Boxed lunches and shuttle bus back to Seattle

Jack Oliver Award recipient

March 31, 2013

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Jack Oliver Graduate research award is Ms. Van de Bergh, a graduate student from Utrecht University. Her proposal is entitled “Therapeutic potential of steroidogenic factor 1 (SF-1) inverse agonist in canine cortisol-secreting adrenocortical tumors: in vitro investigation”. We look forward to hearing the results of this study. Congratulations to Ms. Van de Bergh and her mentor Dr Sara Galac!

2013 SCE Meeting

February 21, 2013

The 2013 SCE meeting will be held from Sunday, June 9, to Tuesday, June 11, in Woodinville, WA, about 30 minutes away from Seattle. Twenty five rooms have been reserved at the impressive Willows Lodge. Check it out at:
The meeting will begin with a “networking” dinner Sunday evening, followed by lectures and discussion on Monday and Tuesday mornings. With the help of gracious sponsors, we are offering the meeting and delicious meals at no cost to the members. The Society will also be providing shuttle transportation from Willows Lodge to the downtown Seattle hotels after lunch on Tuesday afternoon. However, members will be responsible for their accommodations. We have worked out a group rate for the meeting.

Please contact Dr Patty Lathan, SCE secretary to register for the meeting.


Willows Lodge, Woodinvile WA

Dues notice

February 11, 2013

Annual subscriptions for the calendar year 2013 are now due. You can pay your annual SCE dues ($25) online using Paypal’s secure server. Follow this link or navigate to Membership – Pay Dues using the top menu.

If you have yet to pay last year’s dues, or would like to pay for 2014 as well, please select the two year subscription. Also, please enter your name in the box provided so that  your payment can be correctly attributed.

PayPal will email you a receipt for your records.

If payment via PayPal is not possible, please contact the Dr Patty Lathan, SCE treasurer  for instructions for payment by check.

2012 Oxford Laboratories Award winners

October 30, 2012

We are delighted to announce the following winners of awards for the best veterinary endocrine publications of 2011 that were announced at the SCE Business Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The awards are given in two categories – basic science and clinical science. We thank Oxford Laboratories for their generous support of these awards. Congratulations to these research teams- we all appreciate the high quality of work you achieve! 

Basic Science Category:

Hoenig M, Jordan ET, Glushka J, Kley S, Patil A, Waldron M, Prestegard JH, Ferguson DC, Wu S, and Olson, DE. Effect of macronutrients, age, and obesity on 6- and 24-hour postprandial glucose metabolism in cats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 301: R1798-R1807, 2011.

Verkest KR, Fleeman LM, Morton JM, Ishioka K, and Rand JS. Compensation for obesity-induced insulin resistance in dogs: assessment of the effects of leptin, adiponectin, and glucagon-like peptide-1 using path analysis. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 4: 24-34, 2011.

Clinical Science Category:

Hill KE, Gieseg MA, Kingsbury D, Lopez-Villalobos N, Bridges J, and Chambers P. The efficacy and safety of a novel lipophilic formulation of methimazole for the once daily transdermal treatment of cats with hyperthyroidism. J Vet Int Med 2011; 25:1357-1365.

Coradini M, Rand J. S, Morton J. M~ and Rawlings J.M. (2011). Effects of two commercially available feline diets on glucose and insulin concentrations, insulin sensitivity and energetic efficiency of weight gain. British Journal of Nutrition, 106, S64–S77.

Congratulations to these research teams- we all appreciate the high quality of work you achieve!

Also, thanks to this year’s judges, Drs. Hans Kooistra, Claudia Reusch, and Hattie Syme!