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Fall 2021, Gastroenterology

Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Sequelae

Kelly Hickey CVT

Kelly’s veterinary career spans 18 years, covering corporate practice, disaster response, community  veterinary care, and private practice. She became a CVT in 2008. She has worked with the ASPCA and FBI to oppose blood sports, puppy mills, and hoarding, as well as with the USDA, where she was recognized for her role in stopping the outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in 2015. She has also volunteered across the world with Animal Balance, helping with their spay/neuter program for indigent communities. She is currently pursuing VTS certification in internal medicine, is a RECOVER-certified rescuer, and actively teaches the RECOVER guidelines. She has a Himalayan cat named Blue. He had small cell lymphoma, which helped drive Kelly’s interest in IBD.

This case report highlights the difficulty in managing multiple comorbidities.

Winter 2018, Gastroenterology , Nutrition

The Gastrointestinal Microbiota: An Introduction

Ann Wortinger BIS, LVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM, Nutrition)

Ann is a 1983 graduate of Michigan State University and got her specialty certification in Emergency/ Critical Care in 2000, in Small Animal Internal Medicine in 2008 and in Nutrition in 2013. In 2017 she attained her Fear Free Level on certification, and has since moved into level 2.

She has worked in general, emergency, specialty practice, education and management. Ann is active in her state, national and specialty organizations, and served on the organizing committees for Internal Medicine and Nutrition. She has mentored over 20 fellow VTSs and has worked on a variety of committees and positions. She is currently an instructor and Academic Advisor for Ashworth College’s Veterinary Technology Program, as well as an active speaker and writer.

Ann has over 50 published articles in various professional magazines as well as book chapters and a book, Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses in its second edition in 2016 coauthored with Kara Burns. Ann received the 2009 Service Award for her state association (MAVT), the 2010 Achievement Award for the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and in 2012 received the Jack L. Mara Memorial Lecture Award presented at NAVC.

Her fur/feather/fin family consists of 4 cats, 2 domestic geese, 14 chickens and a pond full of goldfish.

This article examines the important role microbiota plays in the development, immune regulation, and maintenance of an animal’s GI health.