ENDOPARASITE CONTROL: WHY THE TROPICS MATTER
Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Lester Louis L. Lopez
Professional academic and research organizations have established guidelines on endoparasite treatment and prevention for the European region and the Americas, with emphasis on managing disease spread and contamination in between regions and species (animals and humans). Recently, a similar organization has been formed with the aim of establishing guidelines on endoparasite control in dogs and cats in the tropics, encompassing regions across the globe that is affected by the warm climate, poor economics and lack of research and education on zoonotic potentials of these endoparasites. This group, upon the development of its endoparasite control guidelines, answered five important questions: What is considered ‘protective’ in the tropics? How do we balance practicality and affordability with best-practice? How do we cater to the significant difference in knowledge, skills, and resources available to veterinary practitioners from different regions? What is our stand on the use of “off-label” drugs and regimens? What is our stand on the use of cheaper, locally produced ‘generics’?
This presentation aims to discuss the implications of adopting a tropical-based endoparasite control program for companion animals in our care, based on the recommendations by the professional group and as a result of multiple trials and researches conducted on specific countries in the tropical regions, including Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.
Interspersed in the course of the presentation is a survey and a quiz that will allow establishing the familiarity and knowledge of local veterinarians in the treatment and prevention of endoparasites.