On Demand: Canine Heartworm Disease: Rational Diagnostic Testing and Treatment
2.5 hours CE │ Self-paced Originally presented in December 2020, this two-video course will provide a rational perspective on diagnosing and treating canine heartworm disease. Learners will hear a thoughtful analysis on which diagnostic tests to consider and when. In video 2, we’ll discuss the latest information on available treatments.
Originally presented in December 2020, this two-video course will provide a rational perspective on diagnosing and treating canine heartworm disease. Learners will hear a thoughtful analysis on which diagnostic tests to consider and when. In video 2, we’ll discuss the latest information on available treatments.
Register today and view each video at your own pace! Upon viewing these recordings and passing the quiz with a score of 70% or better, you’ll earn 2.5 hours of RACE Approved CE.
To hear more on canine heartworms, or to brush up on feline heartworm disease, check out our other heartworm-based on-demand courses!
- Video 1: Diagnostic Testing – which test and when?
In this video, we will review the various testing methodologies currently utilized in the detection of D. immitis. We’ll discuss testing inaccuracies, the importance of annual testing, the role of “heat treating” samples, the importance of microfilaria testing, and how veterinarians can routinely test more pets. Then, we’ll cover additional diagnostics tests used for assessing the severity of heartworm disease. Viewers will understand when to choose which test, and how to adjust for a family’s budget constraints.
Estimated time to complete: 80 minutes
- Video 2: Treating Heartworms Today
In this video, we will review the role of doxycycline in heartworm treatment, including its impact on microfilaria, adult heartworms, and patient morbidity. Next, we’ll review recommendations for treating heartworms with and without melarsomine. Upon completion of this video, viewers will understand the risks and benefits of numerous approaches to heartworm treatment.
Estimated time to complete: 50 minutes
- Earn 2.5 hours RACE Approved CE
- Learn at your own pace! Registration includes unlimited access to course videos for 12 months
- Comprehensive text summary of canine heartworm diagnosis and treatment.
- Instant access to course videos and notes immediately following registration
- Instant delivery of your CE Certificate, upon successful completion of the entire course and passing quiz score (70% or better)
- Plus, after course completion, access your CE Certificate anytime from your Account Dashboard! Never lose a CE Certificate again.
*This course is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 2.5 CE Credits, with a maximum of 2.5 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician.
These RACE approvals are for the subject matter categories of: medical program, using the delivery method of anytime/on-demand. These approvals are valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements. RACE course numbers: 20-858697
Meet The Speakers:
Clarke Atkins, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology and Internal Medicine)
Clarke Atkins, DVM, the Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor of Companion Animal Medicine (Emeritus) at North Carolina State University and Norden Outstanding Teacher Award recipient, is board-certified by the ACVIM (Medicine & Cardiology). He has served on 4 ACVIM or international Consensus Committees on systemic hypertension, canine mitral valve disease (2009, 2017), and cardiorenal syndrome, as well as receiving the Honorary Member Award from the American Heartworm Society in 2019.
His research involves canine and feline heartworm disease and treatment of cardiovascular disease in dogs, cats, and horses. He has over 150 publications and has provided well over 1000 hours of continuing education in the U.S. and many countries around the world. Dr. Atkins continues to be active speaking and carrying out clinically-oriented research in retirement.
Steve Jones, DVM
Steve Jones earned his DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. After graduating, Dr. Jones joined Lakeside Animal Hospital in Moncks Corner, South Carolina as an Owner/Partner in the practice. Outside private practice, Dr. Jones has contributed to numerous clinical studies on heartworm disease, has served as an advisor and opinion leader for many heartworm-related Advisory Panels, has spoken at major veterinary CE conferences throughout the country, and has served as an American Heartworm Society President and Past President. Dr. Jones is perhaps best known for his enthusiasm for heartworm pathology. His photos and videos have appeared in countless veterinary journals, as well National Geographic and television shows like “Monsters Inside Me”.