This course will cover a brief history of canine heartworms: where we’ve been and why we’re where we are now. Dr. DeBowes will also cover the latest heartworm prevention research, the new, recommended heartworm protocol, along with veterinary team roles and responsibilities in protecting dogs from heartworm.
Professor of Equine Surgery and the Director of the Professional Life Skills program at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. A 1979 veterinary graduate of the University of Illinois, Dr. DeBowes has practiced in both private small animal practice and academic equine practice settings. He served previously as Associate Dean for Veterinary Development and External Relations at WSU and Chairman for the Departments of Clinical Sciences at both Kansas State and Washington State University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine. For over 39 years, Rick has worked within and led small and large multidisciplinary veterinary health care teams. These experiences have provided him with numerous opportunities to assess the impact of personalities, communication, servant leadership and teamwork in the health care environment. Based on his experiences in veterinary practice and with a keen awareness of the “people skills” needed to be a great veterinarian and health care team member, he currently oversees the practice management curriculum and works with the clinical communication group, to advance the communication courses he help to develop at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine.