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Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease: A Diagnostic Dilemma

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Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease: A Diagnostic Dilemma

Due to limitations in sensitivity and specificity of currently available feline heartworm diagnostics, the prevalence of feline heartworm disease is grossly underestimated, and thus many cats are left unprotected or undiagnosed. This webinar will cover recent research updates in epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and prevention of feline heartworm disease.

• Gain a deeper understanding of diagnostic modalities and interpretation for feline heartworm disease, including differential diagnoses
• Recognize potential clinical and diagnostic signs of feline heartworm disease
• Better understand risk and prevalence data for feline heartworm disease
• Learn updates on latest recommendations for feline heartworm disease prevention

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:
• AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) - 1.00 Hours
• New York State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners - 1.00 Hours

This webinar is sponsored by:


  • Tom Nelson, DVM

    Dr. Nelson is the Hospital Director of the VCA Animal Medical Center of N.E. Alabama in Anniston, AL and has been in private practice for 41 years. He was first elected to the board of American Heartworm Society in 2001 and has served as the Society president (2004-2007), Symposium Co-chair (2010-2013) and currently is chair of the AHS research committee. In 1997-1998, after doubting the validity of the incidence of heartworm in cats, he conducted his own study by performing necropsies on 259 cats to determine true incidence. This study determined there was a higher prevalence of heartworm than feline leukemia or AIDS on the upper Texas Gulf Coast and that there was no correlation between heartworm and AIDS. Dr. Nelson continues to be involved in heartworm research and is the lead author of the Heartworm Society Guidelines. He has authored or co-authored numerous papers and contributed to several textbooks on the subject of heartworm disease.

September 8, 2021
Wed 3:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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