Preliminary AHS/ASV Shelter Practice Survey Results to be Presented at the AHS Triennial Symposium in September


The recently concluded Shelter Practices Survey, conducted jointly by the American Heartworm Society (AHS) and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV), asked veterinarians currently working in an animal sheltering organization about their shelter’s standard operating policies on heartworm disease management. A total of 244 veterinarians completed the survey.

Over the next few months, the survey results will be analyzed and used to create a report on heartworm disease management practices in North American shelters. Not only will this information be an important resource for shelter medicine practitioners, it will help inform the work of the ASV and the AHS over the next few years. A preliminary synopsis of the survey findings will be presented at the 2019 Triennial Heartworm Symposium in New Orleans September 8-11.

As an incentive, participants who included their names on the survey and were not currently a member of either AHS or ASV were eligible for a free one-year membership, resulting in 33 new AHS members and 21 new ASV members. Participants were also given the option to be entered into a drawing for one of three $500 grants provided by Maddie’s Fund. The grant winners were:

  • Animal Welfare Association of Voorhees, NJ
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA of Roanoke, VA
  • Fort Worth Animal Care and Control of Fort Worth, TX
We thank all the survey participants and hope you will consider attending the symposium in New Orleans in September!