Veterinarian’s role in rabies control     Ilona Otter, DVM MSc         Clinical Director            WVS ITC
Eradication of rabies – the stagesEradication of any infectious diseaserequires the elimination of theinfectious agent fro...
Veterinarians role:  EDUCATION  •   Responsible dog ownership  •   Registrations  •   Public / media awareness  •   Sympto...
Veterinarian’s role:ACTION = Vaccinations     • Central point     • House-to-house     • All-year-round     • Intensive   ...
Veterinarian’s roleACTION = population control      • To maintain        vaccination coverage,        herd immunity      •...
Veterinarian’s role: MONITORING & SURVEILLANCE  • Records  • Suspected rabies cases     for diagnosis!  • Serum titres of...
Veterinarian’s role:COMMUNICATION &   INSPIRATION    – Up-to-date knowledge of rabies      situation in the area    – Fact...
There is something for     everyone...      • Regardless of your        employment sector as a        veterinarian in Indi...
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NDWC Chennai 2013 - Veterinarian's Role in Rabies Control - Ilona Otter

  1. 1. Veterinarian’s role in rabies control Ilona Otter, DVM MSc Clinical Director WVS ITC
  2. 2. Eradication of rabies – the stagesEradication of any infectious diseaserequires the elimination of theinfectious agent from the main hostpopulationRabies eradication is only possible bycontinuous and systematicinvolvement of the veterinary sectorto vaccinate domestic dogs – themain host species of rabies virusVeterinarians in all employmentsectors need to be made moreinvolved in rabies control in IndiaRole of wildlife and the need tocombine oral rabies vaccine to thestrategy? Situation in India
  3. 3. Veterinarians role: EDUCATION • Responsible dog ownership • Registrations • Public / media awareness • Symptoms of rabies • What to do when bitten
  4. 4. Veterinarian’s role:ACTION = Vaccinations • Central point • House-to-house • All-year-round • Intensive campaigns
  5. 5. Veterinarian’s roleACTION = population control • To maintain vaccination coverage, herd immunity • To reduce roaming • Improve welfare
  6. 6. Veterinarian’s role: MONITORING & SURVEILLANCE • Records • Suspected rabies cases  for diagnosis! • Serum titres of selected samples
  7. 7. Veterinarian’s role:COMMUNICATION & INSPIRATION – Up-to-date knowledge of rabies situation in the area – Factual information to different target groups – Scientific publications, press releases, posters, radio programs
  8. 8. There is something for everyone... • Regardless of your employment sector as a veterinarian in India (rabies endemic country), there is something for you to DO!

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