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Reference Desk July 2012

American Heartworm Society Announces New Dates for Heartworm University

    Heartworm Management, Clinical Studies and Controversies Addressed During Free Upcoming C.E. Sessions

    Wilmington, DE (July 2, 2012) — Veterinarians looking to enhance their knowledge about heartworm disease can attend one of two new sessions of Heartworm University, a free continuing education opportunity provided by the American Heartworm Society (AHS) and in an effort to continually help veterinarians further their heartworm acumen.

    The day-long sessions will focus on the recently updated feline and canine heartworm guidelines, while providing the latest information on diagnostics, treatment protocols and lack of efficacy. Matt Miller, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, from Texas A&M will be the speaker at both sessions. Each session is free for registered meeting attendees. Dates and locations include:

    • August 16, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona. This session will be held in conjunction with the Arizona VMA meeting.

    • October 7, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Mid-American Veterinary Conference.

    Entitled “A- Z Learning in Only 1 Day: Antigens to Zoonosis,” the series of presentations will discuss the recently updated feline and canine heartworm guidelines as well as provide the latest information on diagnostic testing, treatment protocols and new information on disease controversies. New for this year will be a feature on clinical studies, both routine and complex.

    “Despite everything veterinarians know about heartworm disease, there’s much to learn—as well as new controversies to address,” says AHS president Wallace Graham, DVM. “For example, heartworm incidence can occur more commonly in areas not conventionally thought of as heartworm-endemic, such as Arizona, where varying factors can aid in mosquito proliferation. Heartworm University is designed to keep veterinarians abreast of these trends as well as new AHS guidelines and  guidance on the changing  scientific landscape.”

    Attendees of Heartworm University will actively participate through the use of interactive keypads that facilitate instant polling during presentations of challenging heartworm cases.

    Sponsors of Heartworm University include Platinum sponsors Bayer HealthCare LLC, Elanco, a division of Lily, Merial, Limited and Pfizer Animal Health. Silver sponsors include Banfield Pet Hospital, Heska, IDEXX Laboratories, Merck Animal Health and Virbac Animal Health.

    For more information, visit the AHS website at www.heartwormsociety.org.

    About the American Heartworm Society

    The mission of the American Heartworm Society is to lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of heartworm disease. Founded during the Heartworm Symposium of 1974. The American Heartworm Society aims to further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease, inform the membership of new developments and encourage and help promote effective procedures for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heartworm disease.

    Source: The American Heartworm Society

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