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Epi4Dogs hosted an EPI Seminar
on September 6, 2017
in Lebanon, TN

Below are the PowerPoint slide presentations at the EPI Seminar

Dr. Patrick Barko’s presentation “How we treat EPI and EPI Research”

Dr Barko Epi4Dogs Presentation 2017

Olesia C. Kennedy “EPI from the Pet Owner’s Perspective and observed EPI patterns”

Olesia's Epi4Dogs Presentation-Pet Owners Perspective

Dr. David A. Williams presentation ” Historical EPI and how we got where we are today”

Dr Williams EPI4Dogs Presentation 2017



The EPI Seminar Presenters


Dr. David A. Williams, MA VetMB PhD, DACVIM-SAIM DECVIM-CA, Professor, Small Animal
Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois

David Williams founded the “GI Lab” in 1985 at the University of Florida, when he introduced assay of serum trypsin-like immunoreactivity (TLI) in the dog to the United States. His research has been focused on the development and application of new tests for gastrointestinal diseases, particularly those affecting the pancreas, small intestine, stomach and liver of dogs and cats. Students and staff working in his other GI Laboratories at Kansas State, Purdue, and most recently Texas A&M Universities established several other novel tests for gastrointestinal diseases for use by veterinarians internationally. These included feline serum TLI, canine and feline serum pancreatic lipase (PLI), canine and feline fecal alpha1-proteinase inhibitor, unconjugated serum bile acids, canine thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), and canine and feline serum cobalamin and folate assays.

He received his veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the University of Liverpool (where he first developed the canine TLI assay). He was an intern and resident at the University of Pennsylvania, and has held Faculty positions at the University of Florida, Kansas State University, Purdue University, Texas A&M University (where he served as Head of Small Animal Clinical Sciences), and currently at the University of Illinois (where he served as Head of Veterinary Clinical Medicine). He continues to work as an Adjunct Professor and consultant with the GI Lab at Texas A&M University, providing telephone consultations with veterinarians regarding management of patients diagnosed using the GI Lab services.


Olesia C. Kennedy, President & Founder, Epi4Dogs Foundation, Inc.

Founded Epi4Dogs May 2008. Established due to frustration with the lack of available cohesive information about EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) in dogs. She has worked tirelessly bringing awareness to EPI working with volunteers nationwide educating the public, working with the veterinary community, assisting multiple veterinary researchers here and abroad with studies pertaining to EPI, manages a 24/7 support group for EPI pet owners, created and maintains an EPI educational website, has published multiple articles on EPI, when possible assist those financially struggling due to EPI expenses, and maintains the only EPI registry in the world. Previous experience Duke University Medical Center, NC, and also at Brinker Capital, NC as a Financial Research Analyst. Earned Canine Search & Rescue SAR II & III National Tech Certification. Volunteered as a canine handler in NC, Assisted with state-wide law enforcement with missing persons and recovery searches. Currently President of Epi4Dogs Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 Non-Profit Public Educational Charity organization and manages a Forum (support group) membership of 3100. Epi4Dogs also has the largest EPI Facebook presence, and as of May 2017 developed a social media presence on Twitter and Instagram. Epi4Dogs currently has an Executive Board of 4 and 14 International Adjunct Board members.



Dr. Patrick Barko, DVM, Resident, Small Animal Internal Medicine, College of Veterinary
Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Patrick Barko graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois. As a small animal internal medicine resident at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he is working with Dr. David Williams and other researchers on a number of innovative investigative projects. His research interests include small animal gastroenterology, developmental microbiomics, and the application of cutting edge technologies, including metabolomics and DNA sequencing technology, to veterinary clinical research