Doug Carithers, DVM, EVP is the Director of Applied Research and Publications for North American Business Operations of Merial in Duluth, GA, USA.
Doug graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and achieved certificate degree in the Executive Veterinary Program at the University of Illinois. He practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in Iowa for 10 years, prior to being recruited for a position in industry.
At Merial for over 20 years, Dr. Carithers has been the Director of Applied Research and Publications for the past twelve years. In that role, he has developed and conducted over 60 clinical and field studies, including large-scale field trials. He conducted the 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 American Heartworm Society heartworm incidence surveys. In addition to coordinating trials and surveys, he has authored or co-authored over 40 scientific papers. He has lectured nationally and internationally at veterinary and parasitology meetings and conferences, and participated in national and international round table discussions on pain medication and parasitology. He is a member of the Iowa VMA, AVMA, AAVP, WAAVP and AHS. He is currently serving a second three-year term as Editor on the AHS board, and was previously Vice President of the American Heartworm Society. Previously, Dr. Carithers served on the boards of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI), the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), and the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC) for the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).