Dr. Jane Brunt Named 2008 AAFP KNOW Heartworms Spokesperson
Washington, D.C., AVMA Annual Convention, July 14, 2007 – The American Heartworm Society (AHS), the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and Pfizer Animal Health are pleased to announce Dr. Jane Brunt as the 2008 AAFP spokesperson for KNOW Heartworms, a campaign to promote awareness of feline heartworm disease. Dr. Brunt will join Dr. Tom Nelson, the KNOW Heartworms spokesperson representing AHS.
Dr. Brunt is one of the leading feline practitioners in the United States and a recent past president of the AAFP. She has served in many leadership positions in veterinary organizations including president of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Brunt has co-authored articles in several peer-reviewed journals, served on numerous committees and panels to address feline issues, and addressed various feline matters in the consumer media.
"As a highly regarded feline practitioner from a heartworm-endemic area, Dr. Brunt will be a valuable asset to KNOW Heartworms as it continues into 2008," Dr. Nelson said. "I look forward to working alongside her and seeing the fresh perspective she will bring to our efforts."
Dr. Brunt practices in Baltimore, Md., where she founded Cat Hospital At Towson, an American Animal Hospital Association accredited practice and the first feline-exclusive veterinary hospital in Maryland. She opened a second practice, Cat Hospital Eastern Shore in Cordova, Md., in June of 2002.
"This campaign has provided a conduit for collecting and disseminating information about feline heartworm disease to all veterinarians. I look forward to participating in helping reach more members of the health care team with a scientifically based message. The more people we educate, the more likely cats will be protected. This is consistent with the mission of the AAFP, and is being embraced by our veterinary colleagues," Dr. Brunt said.
About KNOW Heartworms
KNOW Heartworms aims to educate veterinarians and cat owners about the real threat of feline heartworm disease, which reveals itself as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD), and the importance of prevention. The American Heartworm Society and the American Association of Feline Practitioners have partnered together for this campaign, which is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health. For more information, visit www.knowheartworms.org.
Founded during the Heartworm Symposium of 1974, the American Heartworm Society was formed to facilitate and encourage the generation and dissemination of information about heartworm disease and encourages adoption of standardized procedures for its diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The American Heartworm Society stimulates and financially supports research, which furthers knowledge and understanding of the disease. Its headquarters are located in Batavia, Ill. For more information, visit www.heartwormsociety.org.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners improves the health and well-being of cats by supporting high standards of practice, continuing education, and scientific investigation. They welcome all who are veterinary professionals passionate about the care of cats. Included in its mission is to improve the public stature of cats and to increase the knowledge of veterinarians in the field of feline medicine and surgery. For more information, visit www.aafponline.org.
About Pfizer Animal Health
Pfizer Animal Health, a division of Pfizer Inc, is a world leader in animal health, committed to providing innovative medicines and vaccines for companion animals and livestock. Pfizer Inc discovers, develops, manufactures and markets leading prescription medicines, for humans and animals, and many of the world’s best-known consumer products. For additional information on Pfizer, visit www.pfizerah.com.
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