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Last year a student/resident from the RVC conducted a study examining histopathological diagnosis of feline myocardial disease in which some of you may have participated. The survey is underway again (see below) in an attempt to get a better response from us all. This is the same set of cases, so if you missed the deadline last time please ‘check them out’ and participate this time.  The lack of gross pathology findings is deliberate as the aim of the study is to assess histopathological diagnosis. This is a great chance for us to develop a consensus in diagnosis of cardiac disease. Information Feline Cardiomyopathy and the study is available as a download in the member’s section of the website. 

Thank you for your participation so far.  We would be really grateful if as many of you as possible could complete this survey, and have extended the deadline to Wednesday 25th March .  There are no correct answers and responses will remain anonymous.

We are conducting a study examining the variability or consistency in histopathological diagnosis of feline myocardial disorders amongst those involved in both feline and human cardiac pathology, since cats have been acknowledged as excellent natural models of human cardiomyopathies.

We have compiled a series of 12 cases containing digital images of histopathology slides, and would very much appreciate your participation in identifying what you consider the most likely disorder for each case. Additionally, we ask that you provide a short justification for your choice.

The Survey Monkey questionnaire link is here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YH7R9ZD

The link to the slides is here:  http://virtualmicroscope.nottingham.ac.uk/dsb/login.php

In order to log in, you will need to register, free of charge:

Click on the blue button ‘new user’ and complete the registration using the activation key ‘RVC cardiomyopathy’.

Once registered, log in and select the folder ‘Feline Cardiomyopathies RVC’.

Click on an image thumbnail to open it in the digital image viewer.

The slides for four of the cases have been scanned multiple times, with better focus at different levels of magnification.

Please feel free to share with anyone involved in feline cardiac pathology that may be interested.  

We hope to present the information to pathology and cardiology communities once the study is completed and we have analyzed the results.

In case of difficulties, please contact the BSVP Secretariat – bsvpsecretariat@gmail.com.