The American Animal Hospital Association has launched a Parasite Counselor Program, designed to help veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other team members speak with pet owners about parasite control and zoonotic diseases.
The program will consist of four online courses covering fleas, ticks, heartworm and internal parasites. Participants who complete all four courses will receive CE credit and designation of “Parasite Counselor” from AAHA.
The first course, debuting on April 11, will examine the impact of flea infestation on clients.
The other three courses will roll out throughout the year.
“Parasites cause significant illness and degrade the quality of pets’ lives,” said Janice Trumpeter, DVM, AAHA deputy executive director. “A parasite control regimen recommended by a veterinarian and properly implemented by the pet owner can drastically reduce the risk of pet illness.
“The Parasite Counselor Program will provide veterinary teams with the necessary tools to effectively communicate their recommendations, why it is important and how to implement them.”
An additional CE credit can be earned by participating in the Parasite Counselor Program introductory webcast that will be available April 24 through May 7.
To register, visit the education section of the AAHA website.
The Parasite Counselor Program is sponsored by an educational grant from Merial of Duluth, Ga.