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AHS Announces Triennial Heartworm Symposium Program

Friday, June 3, 2016  
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AHS Announces Triennial Heartworm Symposium Program

Veterinary Practitioners and Technicians Have Prime Opportunity to Hear Latest Findings



Wilmington, Delaware—From heartworm resistance to heat treatment of blood samples to multimodal heartworm prevention, the hottest topics on heartworm prevention, diagnosis and treatment will be on tap during the 15th Triennial Heartworm Symposium. The symposium, entitled Heartworm Disease: The Science, the Practice, the Future, will be held September 11-13, 2016, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. The meeting is sponsored by the American Heartworm Society (AHS).


“Any veterinary professional who is interested in learning more about heartworm disease and its management should seriously consider attending this important symposium,” says AHS president Dr. Stephen Jones. “We strive to bring together the brightest minds in the world when it comes to understanding heartworm disease, as well as those involved in the latest research. It’s an information-packed meeting that is well-suited to veterinarians in practice.”


The Triennial Symposium historically draws hundreds of attendees from academia, veterinary practice, veterinary schools and industry. Special rates for AHS members are eligible for reduced early-bird and regular rates (non-members can join the Society for a nominal fee), and special rates for veterinary students and veterinary technicians are also available. In addition, veterinarians can register for single-day attendance. 


The program will run two and a half days, providing attendees up to 20 hours of continuing education credit. Topics will include:

·      Resistance/lack of efficacy. Researchers who continue to study this important issue, from genetic analysis of resistant heartworms to investigating ways to prevent their development, will present their findings.

·      Diagnostic techniques. New research and information on heat treatment of samples, as well as information on radiographic techniques will be presented.

·      Recent developments in heartworm treatment protocols. Practitioners can hear the latest information on heartworm treatment, from non-arsenical therapy to recent developments in heartworm treatment protocols.

·      Multimodal heartworm prevention. Parasitologists, entomologists and others will discuss vector epidemiology and the role of vector control in heartworm prevention.

·      Feline heartworm disease. Feline heartworm remains an underdiagnosed disease, while only a small percentage of cats are on preventives. Practitioners will learn the latest about feline heartworm disease and heartworm associated respiratory disease (HARD).


“We’re going to pack in a lot of great information as well as lively panel discussions,” says Dr. Jones, adding that the conference setting in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter is an added bonus. “This venue was extremely popular at our 2013 symposium, so we decided to host it here again—and negotiate great rates for our attendees,” he notes. “We encourage practitioners who are interested to register early in order to get the best possible rates on their registration and hotel (early-bird registration ends July 15, 2016).”


Veterinary professionals who wish to attend the 15th Triennial Heartworm Symposium can register online at


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.

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