Companion-animal parasitology: Still a long way to go


Companion-animal parasitology: Still a long way to go

Mar 01, 2007

Byron L. Blagburn, MS, PhD
In the five years since the founding of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), companion-animal parasitology has come a long way. Research indicates that the veterinary health profession is increasingly aware of CAPC's recommended parasite control guidelines and the importance of implementing these guidelines in companion-animal practice. In addition, our profession has made important advances in research, diagnostics, and staff and pet owner education. Efforts must now focus on increasing awareness of the zoonotic risks associated with many of these parasites and improving pet owner compliance.

CAPC proudly recognizes its sponsors
When approached by the editors of Veterinary Medicine, CAPC gladly accepted the opportunity to share some of the latest technical and practice-oriented parasite information available. In this supplement, you'll find articles on the unique complications of heartworm infection in cats, recently released guidelines for treating and preventing tapeworm infections, and the frequency of zoonotic infections in people. In addition, the results of a survey of pet owners regarding awareness of parasites, parasite control practices, and compliance are presented. Lastly, the supplement offers an insightful article by Dr. Jay Stewart, an Oregon practitioner, on compliance and how you can implement educational programs to better inform and serve your clients.

CAPC is a recognized, authoritative voice in companion-animal parasitology and an industry-leading advocate for preventing parasitic zoonoses. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and the veterinarians, parasitologists, and other medical professionals who serve on our board and support the mission of our organization. The information contained in this supplement, as well as the other ongoing educational activities of CAPC, will aid you and your staff in implementing guidelines that will improve parasite control and animal health, reduce the risk of zoonotic disease, and enhance the important bond between people and their pets.

Byron L. Blagburn, MS, PhD, is president of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). He is a professor of pathobiology at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.