AccuPlex4 Testing: Learning the Language, Understanding the Test, Keeping up Standards of Care
|Event Date||Dec 01, 2021 7:00 pm|
|Event End Date||Dec 01, 2021 8:00 pm|
|Registration Start Date||Nov 05, 2021|
|Cut off date||Dec 03, 2021 8:00 pm|
This lecture reviews the importance of vector-borne disease (VBD) and testing. It discusses the standard of care recommended by the Companion Animal Parasite Council and the American Heartworm Society (AHS) in regards to routine testing and alerts the clinician about the prevalence of VBD in North America. The results provided by the AccuPlex4 test are discussed, along with how they must be interpreted in light of the clinical signs, history, and previous testing results. VBDs to be reviewed will include Lyme, Ehrlichia canis infection, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection. The focus will be on how the AccuPlex4 test provides results that can aid in treatment and monitoring of patients when used appropriately with clinical signs, history, and examination findings. Lyme disease will be reviewed with a specific focus on the recent ACVIM consensus statement, particularly the fact that exposure does not indicate clinical disease. The signs of clinical Lyme disease will be discussed as it pertains to the results of AccuPlex4. The clinician will be provided with a step-by-step decision-making guide to treatment and monitoring depending on test results. Similarly, AccuPlex4 positive results for E. canis and A. phagocytophilum will be discussed, focusing on the steps a clinician should consider in the face of positive results, along with further testing if indicated. A clinical case of heartworm (HW) disease will be discussed, including the lifecycle and when an HW antigen test will become positive post-infection. Finally, the new AHS guidelines with regards to yearly microfilaria and HW antigen testing will be discussed.
This webinar is approved for 1 RACE-approved credit.
Lindsay VanHusan, DVM
Professional Services Veterinarian
Dr. VanHusan has always had a love of animals and people, both of which have driven her career path. She received her Minor in Neuroscience in 2002 then her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology at Miami University of Ohio in 2003. She then went on to obtain her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She has extensive experience in private small animal clinical practice in multiple hospitals, with a special interest in internal medicine, dentistry, and geriatric care. As an Antech Professional Services Veterinarian, Dr. VanHusan partners with field sales representatives to provide support and consultative services to practice owners and veterinary staff, incorporating Antech and Sound diagnostics to collaborate towards the goal of best medicine.
Dr. VanHusan enjoys living in the Toledo area with her husband Charley, two cats named Mitchell and Remy, a senior basset hound named Ruby, and a miniature dachshund Dodi. When not working, Dr. VanHusan enjoys home remodeling and spending as much time as possible outdoors with her husband and dogs. She especially loves hiking, particularly in northern Michigan and the Pacific Northwest.