What's new about canine heartworm in Australia

In this webinar Dr Jan Slapeta gives an overview on the history of heartworm in Australia and explains, why - after years of decline - it is on the rebound again. He also gives insights on a recent prevalence study conducted on the Queensland coast and he also talks about developing resistances. In the second part of this webinar, Dr Tony Phillis from Greencross Deeragun in Townsville, who sees a large number of cases, explains which dogs get tested in his clinic, whether these dogs are on prevention or not and he also presents some really useful insights into getting owners to treat for heartworm.

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Jan Slapeta

MVDr PhD GradCertEd (Higher Ed)

Jan is veterinary parasitologist at the University of Sydney. He completed his veterinary degree in the Czech Republic and went onto study parasitic organisms at the National Institute of Health in New York, CNRS in Paris, and later at UTS in Sydney before accepting an academic position at the University of Sydney in 2007. He combines state-of-the-art applications with a deep historical knowledge of veterinary parasitology, to improve and refine control strategies. He is currently the Deputy Editor for the International Journal for Parasitology.


Tony Phillis


Tony graduated from James Cook University School of Veterinary Science in 2015 and entered a large equine and small animal practice in Townsville, dividing his time between the small animal hospital, and the equine teaching hospital supervising and teaching final year veterinary students from JCU. He concurrently undertook two Graduate Certificates in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care and Small Animal Ultrasonography from Melbourne University. 

Three years after graduation Tony joined the Greencross Townsville team as an associate veterinarian working across their many small animal clinics, becoming Veterinary Director of Greencross Vets Deeragun in 2019.

Tony’s passion is all things surgical, especially in small animals, and is currently studying to sit membership examinations in 2022. Other areas of interest include Canine Heartworm Disease, Radioactive Iodine (I131) treatment of Feline Hyperthyroidism, Ultrasonography and Emergency and Critical Care.

When not working, Tony spends time with his family and 2 very spoilt Afghan Hounds, travelling and fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. Oh, and of course studying.