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The American Heartworm Society is the leading resource on heartworm disease, and our mission is to lead the veterinary profession and the public in the understanding of this serious disease. Every year, hundreds of stories are written on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of heartworm, as well as on the plight of affected pets. These stories are an important way of reaching both veterinary professionals and pet owners with information they need to know about heartworm disease.

The American Heartworm Society is led by a board of directors comprised of veterinarians and specialists in the fields of veterinary parasitology and internalmedicine. As leaders in the fight against heartworm disease, they are available as resources and authors of related stories.

Members of the media are encouraged to contact the American Heartworm Society for information, visuals and interviews about heartworm disease. Please contact Sue O’Brien at or call 319-231-6129. All other inquiries, please email:



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We’re proud to acknowledge that past American Heartworm Society (AHS) board member and winner of the 2009 honorary lifetime AHS membership Dr. William C. Campbell is one of three scientists winning the 2015 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. Dr. Campbell was acknowledged for his work with Japanese researcher and co-winner Satoshi Omura on the roundworm parasite and the development on the lifesaving compound ivermectin/avermectin.

Results from a survey conducted by the American Heartworm Society and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.


(Appeared in PRWeb)

Summertime is fun time with pets. To keep pets happy and healthy this summer season, follow these ten tips from the American Heartworm Society.

(Appeared in Martha Stewart Living)

With lots of warm days and long outdoor romps ahead, pet owners need to be extra-vigilant about keeping harmful pests at bay. Here’s how to tell fleas and ticks (and more) to “bug off!”

(Appeared in Today's Veterinary Practice)

Heartworm disease (HWd), caused by the mosquito-borne nematode Diroflaria immitis, is endemic in most areas of the United states, including urban areas where most of the U.s. population (about 80%) lives. in shelter animals, risk for heartworm infection is thought to be higher than in privately owned pets because stray and surrendered shelter animals are less likely to receive prior veterinary care.

(Appeared in DVM360 Magazine)

Even if heartworm infection is treated, we all know it does serious, permanent damage to the body.

(Appeared in Veterinary Practice News)

Sponsors of the American Heartworm Society help the organization pay for research and education.

(Appeared in DVM360 Magazine)

Veterinary parasitology organization identifies need for more answers, solicits research proposals.

Citing the need to better understand critical issues such as macrocyclic lactone resistance to heartworm preventives and the role of the immune system in heartworm prevention, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) has announced that it is accepting proposals for new heartworm research studies.

(Appeared in Veterinary Practice News)

The American Heartworm Society is accepting study applications in a move to expand what is known about heartworm disease.


Wilmington, Delaware—Here’s a message for cat owners wondering what to get their favorite feline this holiday: give the gift of heartworm protection.

“Cat toys and treats are great gifts, but heartworm prevention is something no cat should be without,” declares veterinarian and American Heartworm Society President Dr. Stephen Jones. “It’s easy and affordable—and it can save a cat’s life.”

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