Veterinarians Urged to Contribute Data for 2019 Heartworm Map
Veterinarians now have the opportunity to submit their clinics’ data for the 2019 American Heartworm Society (AHS) Heartworm Incidence Survey. Options include filling out a printed survey that was mailed to veterinarians in late January (this survey can be scanned and emailed to the AHS), or simply completing the survey at heartwormsociety.org/2019survey. The deadline to submit survey data is February 29, 2020.
The AHS maps, dating back to 2001, are generated every three years and are widely used by veterinarians, animal shelters, animal rescue organizations and media to educate the pet-owning public about the threat of heartworm disease. The maps, which are built using data submitted by thousands of veterinary practices and animal shelters, also provide vital insights for veterinary professionals about trends in heartworm incidence and the spread of heartworms into new areas of the country.
“Each veterinary practice that submits data on the number of animals tested and diagnosed over the 2019 calendar year enables the AHS to create a more comprehensive and useful map,” states AHS President Chris Duke, DVM. “We urge every clinic and shelter—large or small—to take a few short minutes to submit their information.”
The survey results and the new 2019 AHS map will be made available in April as part of Heartworm Awareness Month.
Posted February 7, 2020