National Tick Awareness Month

March is just around the corner. Which means that, in many parts of the country, ticks are about to "wake up" hungry and looking for a host to feed on – like your clients' pets. 

It also means that it's time to gear up for the start of the second annual National Tick Awareness Month (NTAM), a client-education initiative introduced last March by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in partnership with Merck Animal Health.

Thanks to the enthusiastic response of the Canadian veterinary community to last year's inaugural campaign, a growing number of pet owners across the country are now aware of the risk of exposure to ticks in early spring, and are taking measures to protect their pets and their families against these parasites and the diseases they can carry.

The veterinary community may not be able stop tick expansion, but there's still a great deal we can do to help change public perceptions and behaviours when it comes to tick control. Getting on board and promoting the 2017 National Tick Awareness Month is a good place to start.     

To help support the 2017 campaign, the CVMA and Merck Animal Health are once again making available to clinics the NTAM waiting room posters and ready-to-use, cut-and-paste social media posts. As suggested by veterinarians who took part in NTAM last year, a public relations campaign will be added to the mix to help spread the word and increase media awareness during the month of March. 

National Tick Awareness Month Webinar Available to View Until March 1, 2018

The National Tick Awareness Month launch webinar with Dr. Scott Stevenson, BMSc, MSc, DVM and Dr. Robbin Lindsay, BSc, MSc, PhD is archived until Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It focuses on ticks and tick-borne disease prevention strategies as well as surveillance updates across Canada. Veterinarians and clinic team members are able to re-watch or view it for the first time! Sign up to view the 2017 National Tick Awareness Month webinar here.



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