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Modern Parasitology For The Cat: Fleas, Mites, and Worms, Oh My!

Modern Parasitology For The Cat: Fleas, Mites, and Worms, Oh My!

Modern Parasitology For The Cat: Fleas, Mites, and Worms, Oh My!

Dr. Litster, BVSc PhD FANZCVSc, MMedSci & Dr. Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM
Dr. Litster, BVSc PhD FANZCVSc, MMedSci & Dr. Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM
on behalf of American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Launch date: 28 Nov 2017
Expiry Date: 31 Aug 2019

Last updated: 27 Nov 2018

Reference: 185331

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Nicole Hird (7 Jan 2018)
Parasitology lecture title is misleading: mites were not actually addressed other than throw in word at conclusion.
Jay Vick (5 Jun 2018)
Thank you for the excelletn practical points
Jennifer Miller (4 Apr 2018)
Good overview of Feline Heartworm Disease; Intestinal parasite section was eye-opening on undetected parasite infections!

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Description

This presentation will review the epidemiology, risk factors and life cycle of Dirofilaria immitis infection in cats. A practical guide to disease management, including information on the immune response to infection, heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARDs), the acute death syndrome, the interpretation of diagnostic tests, the effect of heat treatment on D. immitis antigen test sensitivity, and American Heartworm Society-recommended treatment and disease prophylaxis protocols, will be presented. In addition, this presentation will cover the life cycle, epidemiology, and risk factors for common intestinal parasites and fleas of cats. Practical approaches to diagnosing, treating, and preventing these common parasites will be covered.

Objectives

Feline Heartworm Disease
• Understand the epidemiology, risk factors and life cycle of Dirofilaria immitis infection in cats.
• Understand the immune response to infection, heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARDs), the acute death syndrome, the interpretation of diagnostic tests, the effect of heat treatment on D. immitis antigen test sensitivity, and American Heartworm Society-recommended treatment and disease prophylaxis protocols.
Feline Intestinal Parasites and Fleas
• Understand how current diagnostics underestimate the true prevalence of intestinal parasites in cats.
• Develop practice protocols that provide prevention to the most common parasites of cats.
• Troubleshoot situations where clients are still seeing fleas despite therapy based on a firm understanding of the flea life cycle.
Dr. Litster, BVSc PhD FANZCVSc, MMedSci & Dr. Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM

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Dr. Litster, BVSc PhD FANZCVSc, MMedSci & Dr. Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM
on behalf of American Association of Feline Practitioners


Annette Litster, BVSc PhD FANZCVSc (Feline Medicine), MMedSci (Clinical Epidemiology)
Specialist in Infectious Disease and Feline Medicine
CAD Veterinary Specialty Operations, Zoetis

Dr. Litster graduated as a veterinarian in 1982 and holds a PhD in Feline Heartworm Disease and a Master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology. She is a boarded specialist in Feline Medicine and worked in small animal general practice and specialist feline practice for 17 years. Dr. Litster is a popular speaker at major national meetings and over the past 2 years alone has spoken at NAVC, Western Veterinary Conference, AAHA, the national AVMA meeting, the ACVIM Forum, and many major regional AVMA and continuing education meetings.

In 2007, Dr. Litster came to the USA to take up a faculty position at Purdue University where she was a tenured Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr Litster joined Zoetis in January 2014 as a Senior Veterinary Specialist with focus areas in infectious diseases, shelter medicine and feline medicine.

Chris Adolph, DVM, MS, DACVM (Parasitology)

Dr Adolph received his D.V.M. degree in 1996 from Oklahoma State University. After a year and a half as an associate veterinarian, Dr Adolph was a practice owner for 17 years. During his time as a practice owner, He developed a special interest in parasitology and practice management. In 2013, Dr. Adolph completed a Master's degree program at Oklahoma State University, while continuing to practice full time while enrolled in the graduate program, Dr. Adolph was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, which recognizes academic excellence in fields of higher education.

Dr. Adolph is a board member of both The National Center for Veterinary Parasitology and The American Heartworm Society. He has authored numerous, peer-reviewed scientific papers, a chapters for an upcoming text books and conducted research in canine and feline parasitic diseases. In 2015, Dr. Adolph passed the parasitology board exams and is now a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 1.00 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
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    Exam Pass Rate: 70
  • New York State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
  • 1.00 Hours

Faculty and Disclosures

Additional Contributors

Conflicts Declared

Conflicts of Interest declaration by Author:

Drs. Adolph and Litster are full-time employees of Zoetis.

User Reviews (18)

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Nicole Hird (7 Jan 2018)
Parasitology lecture title is misleading: mites were not actually addressed other than throw in word at conclusion.
Jay Vick (5 Jun 2018)
Thank you for the excelletn practical points
Jennifer Miller (4 Apr 2018)
Good overview of Feline Heartworm Disease; Intestinal parasite section was eye-opening on undetected parasite infections!
Ronald Raymer (30 Mar 2018)
good reinforcement of not changing products too soo re probably not resistance but environmental.
Sabrina Covey (29 Jan 2018)
This presentation was very specific and informational. I enjoyed reviewing my parasite life cycles!
Karen Van Buskirk (29 Jan 2018)
I am a non certified veterinary technician. I have read several articles on feline heartworm, but this presentation clinched it for me. Dr. Litster explained feline heartworms in a clear, concise and easy to understand instruction. I am coming away, now, really with complete comprehension and the ability to educate clients. Thank you.
Melissa Curfman (29 Jan 2018)
excellent information on feline heartworm disease and great refresher on intestinal parasites Would have appreciated more information on the stomach worm especially associated with unexplained vomiting and treatment modalities
Barbara Dasch (27 Jan 2018)
Concise review of heartworm treatment in feline patients. Very informative
Dr Teri White (27 Jan 2018)
Very informative! I am a new grad and I feel that this really opened my eyes to the risks of heart worm dz in cats.
Mrs Carrie Ukrainetz (27 Dec 2017)
Very informative, good review
Mrs Teresa Schwedhelm (26 Jan 2018)
The feline heartworm presentation was very thorough. The GI helminth presentation was short and sweet with good recommendations.
Colleen McLuckie (23 Jan 2018)
Very useful refresher on feline parasitology, in particular with the increase in prevalence of HARD
Dr Mary Rupley (20 May 2018)
I was hoping this would delve into the more recently identified issues affecting shelter and outside cats, Tritrichomonas fetus and intractable diarrhea in cats and kittens.
Mrs Alicia Artman (2 Feb 2018)
This was way far too advanced for the normal vet medical staff. This is best for the Vet to review and not other staff.
Dr KATE GIBSON DVM (18 Jan 2018)
I told the speakers spoke very quickly
Dr Diane Alexander (17 Dec 2017)
Excellent review. The slideshow died after the discussion on HW, so I was unable to see the slides, but audio eventually was manually restarted
Jennifer Rockwell (16 Oct 2018)
Good review
Sarah Grote (11 Jan 2018)
More feline heartworm information than other parasites, but overall a good presentation.

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