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10-02-2008 - WSAVA GI Standardization Group WSAVA Monthly NEWs - February, 2008

WSAVA Activities and Committee Reports

WSAVA GI Standardization Group
The WSAVA GI Standardization Group met at the 2007 ECVIM Congress in Budapest, Hungary to set the stage for the completion of several projects that they have underway during the next 3 – 12 months. The Group has produced a manuscript titled International Standards for the Histopathological Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Inflammation in the Dog and Cat, which has been submitted to the Journal of Comparative Pathology for peer-review and anticipated publication in 2008. The manuscript is a 57-page monograph that will be the first systematic characterization, featuring both text and pictorial representation, of the inflammatory and morphological changes within the stomach, small intestine, and colon of the dog and cat due to a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. It is the Group’s belief that following publication, the monograph will serve as the sole standard reference for clinicians, internists, and pathologists in their diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease and other disorders. At the ECVIM Congress, the Group also presented one research abstract titled Sensitivity of Endoscopic Biopsy Sampling for the Detection of Gastric and Intestinal Lesions, which it intends to publish in its entirety during 2008. This will represent the second in a series of peer-reviewed publications emanating from the Group. The full abstract is available through the WSAVA website, among other avenues. The group is also currently testing the WSAVA Histopathology Standards they have developed by applying the monograph guidelines to an archive of 253 slides with over 2,500 tissue biopsies from nine different institutions in six different countries with study completion and publication expected in 2008.
During the past year, the Group’s Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Guidelines were endorsed by the American and European Comparative Gastroenterology Societies and are available on the WSAVA website for viewing and clinical use. Additionally, the Group has been asked by the ACVIM Board of Regents to prepare an ACVIM Consensus Statement on Guidelines for Histopathological Assessment of Intestinal Inflammation in the Dog and cat for the 2008 ACVIM Forum in San Antonio. ACVIM Consensus Statements are designed to provide veterinarians with guidelines regarding the pathophysiology, diagnosis, or treatment of animal diseases. The foundation of the Consensus Statement is evidence-based medicine, but if such evidence is conflicting or lacking, the appointed panels provide interpretive recommendations on the basis of their collective expertise. Topics of statements and panel members to draft the statements are selected by the Board of Regents with input from the general membership. The Group will present its preliminary report at a Full Plenary Session at the ACVIM Forum on June 7, followed by a more formal publication of our Consensus Statement in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the Fall of 2008.
The Group will also present a one-hour “final report” of its work at the WSAVA 2008 Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

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