When: Tuesday, May 5, 2016 6:30 pm – 9 pm (or so)
Where: Bistro Bella Vita
44 Grandville Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For map or directions, visit: http://go.wmasap.org/bistro
Food: Provided and delicious!!
Topic: The Biology, Management, and Prevention of Canine Heartworm Disease
Presented by Andy R. Moorhead, DVM, MS, PhD
Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia
Many veterinarians grow numb to discussing heartworm disease/testing/prevention all day, every day. This disease is still a real threat to our patients, and the body of knowledge regarding the biology and treatment of heartworms is ever-changing.
The American Heartworm Society states that “[r]isk factors are impossible to predict. Multiple variables, from climate variations to the presence of wildlife carriers, cause rates of infections to vary dramatically from year to year—even within communities. And because infected mosquitoes can come inside, both outdoor and indoor pets are at risk.” In short, you cannot predict who is at risk, and every one of your clients should be educated on and each of your patients should be protected from this preventable disease.
Additionally, there has been discussion in the last few years about parasite resistance to macrocyclic lactones. That was thought to be a problem confined to the Southeastern portion of the US. However, with more traveling pets than ever and the recent influx of rescue pets from the South to the Midwest (aka the Puppy Pipeline), their problem could become your problem.
Merial is generously bringing Dr. Andy Moorhead from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine to discuss heartworm disease. One of his research interests is the potential development of macrocylic lactone resistance in Dirofilaria immitis. This is sure to be an interesting meeting!
Many of you have already received a meeting invitation from Merial. This is the same meeting. Also, this is our last meeting before our summer break, so we hope to see you there!
Your WMASAP officers,
Margaret Sudekum, Rebecca Vincent, Chris Dykhouse, and Christi Hage