Feline Centre Publications

Referred Published Papers

McLuckie A, Tasker S, Dhand N, Spencer S, Beatty JA (2016) Prevalence and risk High prevalence of Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 infection in haemoplasma-infected cats supports co-transmission. In press The Veterinary Journal. 

Burke S, Black V, Sánchez-Vizcaíno F, Radford A, Hibbert A* & Tasker S* (2016) Use of cefovecin in a UK population of cats attending first opinion practices as recorded in electronic health record. In press. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. *Joint last authors.

Georges K, Ezeokoli C, Auguste T, Seepersad N, Pottinger A, Sparagano O & Tasker S. (2012). A comparison of real-time PCR and reverse line blot hybridization in detecting feline haemoplasmas of domestic cats and an analysis of risk factors associated with haemoplasma infections. BMC Veterinary Research 8:103.

Beatty JA, Tasker S, Jarrett O, Noe-Nordberg A, Phillips A, Fawcett A, Aspley-Davis A & Barr VRD. (2011) Markers of feline leukaemia virus infection or exposure in cats from a region of low seroprevalence.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 13:927-933.

Barker EN, Darby AC, Helps CR, Peters IR, Heesom KJ, Arthur CJ, Crossett B, Hughes MA, Radford AD & Tasker S. (2011) Molecular characterization of the uncultivatable hemotropic bacterium Mycoplasma haemofelis Veterinary Research 42:83.

Tasker S. (2010) The polymerase chain reaction in the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Veterinary Clinical Pathology 39: 261–262.

Taylor SS, Tappin S, Dodkin S, Papsouliotis K, Casamian Sorrosal D & Tasker S. (2010) Serum protein electrophoresis in 155 cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 12 643-653. Project idea and direction of study.

Tasker S (2010) Haemotropic mycoplasmas: what’s the real significance in cats? Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 12:369-381.
IE Maher, Tasker S, Polizopoulou Z, Dasopoulou A, Egan K, Helps CR & Papasouliotis K. (2010) PCR survey of feline haemoplasma infections in Greece.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 12 601-605.

Tasker S, Murray JK, Knowles TG & Day MJ. (2010) Coombs', haemoplasma and retrovirus testing in feline anaemia.  Journal of Small Animal Practice 51 192-199.

X Roura, Peters IR, Altet L, Tabar MD, Barker EN, Planellas M, Helps CR, Francino O, Shaw SE & Tasker S. (2010) Prevalence of hemotropic mycoplasmas in healthy and unhealthy cats and dogs in Spain.  Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 22 270–274.

Barker, EN,Peters IR, Helps CR, McAuliffe L, Neimark H, Lappin MR, Gruffydd-Jones TJ, Day MJ, Hoelzle LE, Willi B, Meli M, Hofmann-Lehmann R and Tasker S. (2008) RNase P RNA Gene (rnpB) Phylogeny of Hemoplasmas and Other Mycoplasma Species. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 46 1873-1877.

Peters IR, Helps CR, Willi B, Hoffman-Lehmann R and Tasker S. (2008) The Prevalence of Three Species of Feline Haemoplasmas in Samples Submitted to a Diagnostics Service as Determined by Three Novel Real-Time Duplex PCR Assays.  Veterinary Microbiology 126 142-150.

Willi B, Boretti FS, Tasker S, Meli ML, Wengi N, Reusch CE, Lutz H, Hofmann Lehmann R. (2007) From Haemobartonella to hemoplasma: molecular methods provide new insights.  Veterinary Microbiology 125 197-209.

King JN, Tasker S, Gunn-Moore D and Strehlau G: BENRIC (benazepril in renal insufficiency in cats) Study Group. (2007) Prognostic factors in cats with chronic kidney disease. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 21 906-916.

Cannon M, Gould D, Caney S, Foster D, Harvey A, Reed N, Sparkes A, Tasker S & Van de Stadt-Gould M. (2007) Use of fluoroquinolones in cats (letter). Veterinary Record. 160 32.

Helps CR, Tasker S & Harley R. (2007) Correlation of the feline PKD 1 genetic mutation with cases of PKD diagnosed by pathological examination. Experimental and Molecular Pathology 83 264-268.

Harvey AM, Holt PE, Barr FJ, Rizzo F & Tasker S. (2007) Treatment and long-term follow-up of extrahepatic biliary obstruction with bilirubin cholelithiasis in a Somali cat with pyruvate kinase deficiency.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 9 424-431.

Rizzo F, Tappin SW & Tasker S. (2007) Thrombocytosis in cats: a retrospective study of 51 clinical cases (2000-2005). Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.  9 319-325.

Kenny MJ, Baxter KJ, Avery NC, Addie D, Gruffydd-Jones TJ and Tasker S. (2007) Altered tryptophan metabolism in FIV-infected cats.  Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  21 539-41.

Pinches MDG, Diesel G, Helps CR, Tasker S, Egan K, Gruffydd-Jones TJ. (2007) An update on FIV and FeLV test performance using a Bayesian statistical approach. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 36 141-147.

Pinches MDG, Helps CR, Gruffydd-Jones TJ, Egan K, Jarret O and Tasker S. (2007) Diagnosis of feline leukaemia virus infection by semi-quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 9 8-13.

Helps CR, Tasker S, Barr FJ, Wills SJ and Gruffydd-Jones TJ. (2007) Detection of the single nucleotide polymorphism causing feline autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease in Persians from the UK using a novel real-time PCR assay.  Molecular & Cellular Probes 21 31-34. 

Mellor PJ, Haugland S, Murphy S, Smith KC, Holloway A, Archer J, Powell RM, Polton GA, Tasker S, McCormick D, Tempest ME, McNeil PE, Scase TJ, Knott CD, Bonfanti U, Villiers EJ, Argyle DJ, Herrtage ME & Day MJ. (2006) Myeloma-related disorders in cats commonly present as extramedullary neoplasms in contrast to myeloma in human patients: 24 cases with clinical follow-up. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 20 1376-83.

Willi B, Tasker S, Boretti FS, Doherr MD, Cattori V, Meli ML, Reusch CE, Lutz H and Hofmann-Lehmann R. (2006) Phylogenetic and risk factor analysis for ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma turicensis’ in UK, Australian and South African pet cats.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 44 4430-4435.

Gary AT, Richmond HL, Tasker S, Hackett TB and Lappin MR. (2006) Survival of Mycoplasma haemofelis and ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum’ in blood of cats used for transfusions.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 8 321-326.

NguyenVan N, Taglinger K, Helps CR, Tasker S, Gruffydd-Jones TJ & Day MJ. (2006) Measurement of cytokine mRNA expression in intestinal biopsies of cats with inflammatory enteropathy using quantitative real-time RT-PCR.  Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 113 404-414.

King JN, Gunn-Moore D, Tasker S, Gleadhill A, Strehlau G and the BENRIC (BENazepril in Renal Insufficiency in Cats) study group. (2006) Tolerability and efficacy of benazepril in cats with chronic kidney disease. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 20 1054-1064.

Willi B, Boretti FS, Baumgartner C, Tasker S, Wenger B, Cattori V, Meli ML,  Reusch C, Lutz H and Hofmann-Lehmann RH. (2006) Prevalence, risk factor analysis and follow up of infections with the three feline haemoplasma species in cats in Switzerland.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology 44 961-969.

Ash RA, Harvey AM and Tasker S. (2005) Primary hyperaldosteronism in the cat: a series of 13 cases. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 7 173-182.

Dye C, Peters I, Tasker S, Caney SMA, Dye S, Gruffydd-Jones TJ and Johnson E (2005) A preliminary study using an indirect ELISA for the detection of serum antibodies to Alternaria in domestic cats.  Veterinary Record 156 633-635.

Harvey AM, Hall EJ, Day MJ, Hotston Moore A, Battersby IA and Tasker S. (2005) Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-obstruction caused by Visceral Myopathy in a Domestic Shorthair Cat Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 191 111-114.

Kenny MJ, Shaw SE, Beugnet F and Tasker S. (2004) Demonstration of Two Distinct Haemotropic Mycoplasmas in French Dogs.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology 42 5397-5399. 

Lobetti RG and Tasker S. (2004) Diagnosis of feline haemoplasma infection using a real-time PCR assay.  Journal of the South African Veterinary Association 75 94-99.

Shaw SE, Kenny MJ, Tasker S and Birtles RJ. (2004) Pathogen carriage by the cat flea Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché) in the United Kingdom.  Veterinary Microbiology 102 183-188.

Henderson SM, Bradley K, Day MJ, Tasker S, Caney, SMA, Hotston Moore A and Gruffydd-Jones TJ. (2004) Investigation of nasal disease in the cat––a retrospective study of 77 cases. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 6 245-257.

Tasker S, Braddock JA, Baral R, Helps CR, Day MJ, Gruffydd-Jones TJ and Malik R.  (2004) Diagnosis of Feline Haemoplasma Infection in Australian cats using a Real-time PCR Assay.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 6 345-354.

Braddock JA, Tasker S and Malik R.  (2004) The Use of PCR in the Diagnosis and Monitoring of Mycoplasma haemofelis copy number in a naturally-infected cat.  Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 6 161-165.

Baneth G, Kenny MJ, Tasker S, Anug Y, Shkap V, Levy A and Shaw SE. (2004) Infection with a Proposed New Subspecies of Babesia canis, Babesia canis subsp. presentii, in Domestic Cats.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology 42 99 - 105.

Tasker S, Helps CR, Day MJ, Harbour DA, Shaw SE, Harrus S, Baneth G, Lobetti RG, Malik R, Beaufils J, Belford CR and Gruffydd-Jones TJ. (2003) Phylogenetic Analysis of Haemoplasma Species – An International Study.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology 41 3877 - 3880.

Tasker S, Binns SH, Day MJ, Gruffydd-Jones TJ, Harbour DA, Helps CR, Jensen WA, Olver CS and Lappin MR.  (2003)  Use of a polymerase chain reaction assay to assess prevalence and risk factors for Mycoplasma haemofelis and ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum’ in the United Kingdom.   Veterinary Record 152 193-198.

Tasker S, Helps CR, Day MJ, Gruffydd-Jones TJ and Harbour DA. (2003) Use of Real-Time PCR to detect and quantify Mycoplasma haemofelis and ‘Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum’ DNA.  Journal of Clinical Microbiology 41 439-441.

Helps CR, Lait P, Tasker S and Harbour DA. (2002) Melting curve analysis of feline calicivirus isolates detected by real-time reverse transcription PCR.  Journal of Virological Methods 106 241-244

Tasker S and Lappin MR. (2002) Haemobartonella felis: recent developments in diagnosis and treatment. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 4 3-11.

Tasker S, Helps CR, Belford CJ, Birtles RJ, Day MJ, Sparkes AH, Gruffydd-Jones TJ, Harbour DA. (2001) 16S rDNA comparison demonstrates near identity between a United Kingdom Haemobartonella felis strain and the American California strain. Veterinary Microbiology 81 73-78.

Helps CR, Reeves NR, Tasker S and Harbour DA. (2001) Use of Real-Time Quantitative PCR to Detect Chlamydophila felis Infection. Journal of Clinical Microbiology  39 2675-2676.

Tasker S, Cripps PJ and Mackin AJ. (2001) Evaluation of methods of platelet counting in the cat. Journal of Small Animal Practice 42 326-332.
Stonehewer J and Tasker S. (2001) Hypoadrenocorticism in a cat with the unusual presenting sign of dysphagia. Journal of Small Animal Practice 42 186-190.

Tasker S, MacKay AD and Sparkes AH (2000) A case of feline primary hypoadrenocorticism. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 1 257-260.
Griffon DJ and Tasker S. (2000) Use of a mucosal advancement flap for the treatment of nasopharyngeal stenosis in a cat. Journal of Small Animal Practice 41 71-73.

Tasker S, Foster DJ, Corcoran BM, Whitbread TJ and Kirby BM. (1999) Obstructive inflammatory laryngeal disease in three cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 1 53-59.

Tasker S, Mackin, AJ and Cripps PJ. (1999) Estimation of platelet counts on feline blood smears. Veterinary Clinical Pathology 28 42-45. (
Tasker S, Griffon DJ, Nuttall T and Hill P (1998) Resolution of paraneoplastic alopecia following surgical removal of a pancreatic carcinoma in a cat. Journal of Small Animal Practice 40 16-19.

Tasker S, Mackin AJ and Day M. (1998) Primary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in a cat. Journal of Small Animal Practice 40 127-131.
Hodson S and Mackin AJ. (1998) Thrombocytopenia in the cat. Journal of the European Feline Medicine Society: Feline Focus 8 2-7.
Hodson S. (1998) Feline hypokalaemia. In Practice 20 135-144.
Hodson S. (1998) Renal lymphoma with associated hypercalcaemia. Journal of Small Animal Practice 39 157. 

Chapters in Edited Books

Tasker S.  (2009) Feline Leukemia Virus Serology (ELISA and IFA).  Chapter 116 pp 294-296. In: Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Diagnostic Procedures and Laboratory Tests.  Edited by Vaden S, Knoll J, Smith FWK Jr and Tilley LP. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Ames, USA.

Tasker S.  (2008) Canine and Feline Hemotropic Mycoplasmosis.  Chapter 271 pp 1245-1248 In: Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy XIV.  Edited by J.D. Bonagura and D. Twedt.  Elsevier Inc., St Louis, USA. 

Tasker S. (2001)  Haemobartonella felis. Chapter 74 pp 379-383. In: Feline Internal Medicine Secrets.  Edited by M.R.Lappin. Hanley and Belfus, Philadelphia, USA. 

Tasker S. (2004)  Feline infectious anaemia.  Chapter 29 pp 669-678. In: Feline Medicine and Therapeutics 3rd Edition.  Edited by E.A. Chandler, C.J. Gaskell, R.M. Gaskell.  Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. 

Tasker S & Lappin MR. (2006) Update on haemoplasmosis.  Chapter 63 pp 605-610.  In: Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine 5.  Edited by J.R. August.  WB Saunders, Philadelphia, USA.