Just as each shelter animal is unique, each case of heartworm disease can throw you for a loop. Fortunately, many of the management situations we encounter in animal shelters have been handled by professionals before us. New research has also filled in some knowledge gaps on how to best tackle these common problems.
Troubleshoot common scenarios in shelter heartworm management
Apply basic knowledge of heartworm disease to answer case management questions
Animal shelter staff, veterinarians, and medical staff
DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice, Shelter Medicine Practice), Senior Director of Shelter Medicine, ASPCA
Dr. Brian DiGangi is Senior Director of Shelter Medicine at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. After earning his DVM at the University of Florida in 2006, Dr. DiGangi completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and critical care, a residency in Shelter Animal Medicine, and received his MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences in 2010. Dr. DiGangi has published peer-reviewed research on canine heartworm disease, veterinary field clinics, feline adoption, pregnancy detection, and immunology and authored textbook chapters on sanitation and asepsis, infectious disease management, animal welfare, and animal relocation. He is co-editor of the 2nd edition of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff and is board certified in both Canine and Feline Practice and Shelter Medicine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. DiGangi is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heartworm Society and served two terms as President of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians from 2015-2016. Dr. DiGangi also holds a position as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florid