Speakers

Giger, Urs

Urs Giger received his veterinary degree from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, where he also pursued his doctoral thesis on the surgical repair of hip dysplasia, initial clinical training in small animal medicine and surgery and postgraduate research work. After moving to the United States, he completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida and then joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he has the endowed Charlotte Newton Sheppard Professor of Medicine chair.  He has a secondary professorship in small animal internal medicine at the University of Zürich as well as professorship in hematology at the Medical School University of Pennsylvania.  He is a diplomate of the American and European College of the Veterinary Internal Medicine, as well as a diplomate of the European College of Clinical Pathology.  He headed the Transfusion and Hematology Center and Pediatrics and Genetics Clinic, and is the director of the Metabolic Genetics and the Josephine Deubler Genetic Disease Testing (PennGen) Laboratories.  His clinical and research expertise and interests are in hereditary and hematologic disorders and are reflected in over 250 original research publications as well as many more reviews and scientific abstracts.  He is also chairing the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Hereditary Disease Committee. Among other awards, he was the recipient of a Transfusion Medicine Academic Award and Shannon Award from the National Institutes of Health, the 2002 WSAVA International Scientific Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2007 International Bourgelat Award from the BSAVA and the 2015 AVMA Excellence in Feline Research Award for outstanding clinical research in feline medicine. He is a frequently invited speaker at many national and international conferences.