May 2014 by Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD

Audience: Veterinary Team

Video Length: 16 minutes

Dr. Cynda Crawford, Maddie's® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida, discusses the use of Secnidazole to treat cats and dogs with giardia infections at the University of Florida's 7th Annual Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference. Secnidazole, which is in the same drug class as metronidazole, is used for treatment of giardiasis in people, showing the potential for higher cure rates with fewer dosages. But does it work for animals?

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Bio photo of Dr. Cynda Crawford in a peach-colored shirt, smiling and holding brown and white dog

About Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD

Dr. Cynda Crawford is Maddie's® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine in Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Crawford earned a PhD in Immunology/Infectious Diseases from the University of Florida in 1984 and a DVM degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the same institution in 1989. Her areas of expertise include canine and feline infectious diseases, and evaluation of diagnostic tests and vaccines for infectious diseases.

She focuses on diagnosis and management of viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory infections in shelter dogs. Dr. Crawford was instrumental in identifying the H3N8 canine influenza virus and among the pioneering researchers into the disease when it first presented in shelter dogs in Florida in 2004.