Jenna Dale, Mississippi State University | AHA Humane Scholar Series

Humane Scholar Jenna Dale

Mississippi State University

Development of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) Database

FELINE INFECTIOUS PERITONITIS (FIP) is a highly fatal disease in cats that has no known cure. Diagnostic tests can predict if a cat has been exposed to coronavirus, but not if the cat has been exposed to the specific viral strain causing the deadly disease. With the support of the American Humane Association, Humane Scholar Jenna Dale designed a survey-based database to track nationwide incidences of FIP, hoping to better understand the risk factors for acquiring the infection and why some cats are susceptible and others are resistant.

A 15-question survey was emailed to 500 veterinary clinics and organizations across the U.S. and data are now being analyzed to determine percentage of domestic cats with disease who were previously vaccinated for FIP, outdoor vs. indoor cats acquiring disease, age at time of disease onset, regional difference, seasonal trends, etc. A comprehensive database that might provide clues for future research is greatly needed.

Humane Scholar Jenna Dale designed a survey-based database to track nationwide incidences of Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), hoping to better understand the risk factors for acquiring the infection and why some cats are susceptible and others are resistant.

Please consider sponsoring a student in the 2013 class. A grant of $6,000 funds one Humane Scholar, fully underwriting a stipend to the student and the cost of implementation and management of the program. With American Humane Association’s Humane Scholar program, veterinary students are supported in their academic undertakings and given every opportunity to advance in the fields of veterinary medicine and animal welfare, without incurring additional debt to participate in those opportunities.

For more information on supporting American Humane Association’s Humane Scholar program, please contact René Gornall at 202.677.4224 or reneg@americanhumane.org.

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