25 Veterinary Schools Support World Rabies Day With Events

The need for world-wide rabies eradication has brought together for the first time leaders from veterinary, animal wildlife, and human medicine to create the Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit group based in the United Kingdom. The group's first major outreach is the declaration of World Rabies Day on Sept. 8, 2007.

The World Rabies Day coordination team is inviting partnerships with international health organizations; national, state, and local public health partners; professional organizations; commercial pharmaceutical companies; and foundations.

While much of the push is toward eradication of rabies in canine species, there is also education outreach in all areas of domestic and wild animal rabies control, with the end result of reducing the number of human rabies deaths in the world.

As of July 25, the following U.S. veterinary schools will hold 28 events in support of World Rabies Day.

Following are the events and contact persons if you wish to participate, donate, or help support the event.

1) Auburn University (in collaboration with Tuskegee University; see Tuskegee entry below)

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Auburn and Tuskegee University, Student Chapters of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will host a Rabies Forum at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information contact Allison Snow at snowall@auburn.edu.

2) Colorado State University

The Colorado State University Student Chapter of the AVMA is planning rabies educational talks during the week preceding World Rabies Day. They are also planning to raise rabies awareness by having a World Rabies Day booth at all student chapter AVMA events throughout the year. For more information contact Jason Callard at jcallard@lamar.colostate.edu.

3) Cornell University
 
On Thursday, Sept. 6, the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the AVMA will  host a “Vet Rock” event in association with World Rabies Day. A $5 donation is suggested at the door. The event will include raffle prizes and a performance from a local band. For more information contact Marina Tejada at mlt42@cornell.edu.

4) Iowa State University
 
On Saturday, Sept. 22,  the Iowa State University Student Chapter of the AVMA is planning a Run for Rabies in association with the Veterinarians Annual Great Bike Ride Across Ames. For more information on this run and bike riding event contact Jason Pieper at peeps510@iastate.edu.

5) Kansas State University

On Sunday, Sept. 9, the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Student Chapter of the AVMA, Kansas State Rabies Diagnostic Laboratory, the International Club, and other interested students and faculty are organizing a 5K “Run 4 Rabies” in Manhattan, Kan.  In conjunction with the run, a concert will be held in CICO Park from 12:00 to 4:00pm highlighting local talent. Runners can register online for this event. For more information contact Mylissia Stuckey at mstukey@vet.ksu.edu.

6) Louisiana State University

The Louisiana State University Student Chapter of AVMA will organizing a concert with proceeds going to the Alliance for Rabies Control. For more information contact Michael Ratcliff at MRatcliff@vetmail.lsu.edu.

7) Michigan State University 

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Rabies Working Group, and Michigan Veterinary Medical Association will hold an event in recognition of World Rabies Day. For more information on the event please visit the MSU SCAVMA Website (http://cvmstudent.cvm.msu.edu/scavma) or contact Andrea Winkel at scavma@cvm.msu.edu or Dr. Kim Signs at signsk@michigan.gov.

8) Mississippi State University

The Mississippi State University Student Chapter of the AVMA is planning a Race for Rabies event. Additional details will be forthcoming. For more information contact jshupe@cvm.msstate.edu or hweber@cvm.msstate.edu.

9) North Carolina State University

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is coordinating a rabies vaccination clinic. For more information about this event contact Amanda Ardenete at ajardent@ncsu.edu.

10) Oklahoma State University
Point of Contact: On Sunday, September 9, 2007 Oklahoma State University is planning a 5K "Race for Rabies" event at Boomer Lake.  Additional details will be forthcoming. For more information contact Alexandria Glover at alexandria.glover@okstate.edu.

11) Ross University

Ross University's Student Chapter of the AVMA is planning an educational booth in association with a PAWS Animal Welfare Dog-Jog. Information flyers will be available on rabies and its impact on human health worldwide. For more information contact Torri Park at tpark@rossvet.edu.kn.

12) St. George's University

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine is planning a run/walk in recognition of World Rabies Day. A social time with food and drinks will be available at the end of the event. For more information contact Calli Goad at calligoad@yahoo.com or Alison Achey at alleycat@zoomail.org.

13) Texas A&M will host four events
For more information on these events contact Dayna Garneau at dggarneau@cvm.tamu.edu, or Catherine Clinton at CLClinton@cvm.tamu.edu.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) and the Student Chapter of the AVMA will host a Low or No-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic in Austin, Texas, at the TVMA headquarters

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Student Chapter of the AVMA, Brazos Animal Shelter, Aggieland Pets w/a purpose, and Texas K-9 search/rescue dogs will host a "Blessing for the Animals/Animal Carnival" at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Rock Prairie Rd., College Station, Texas. The event will offer microchipping, rabies vaccinations, adoptions, raffles, educational information, demonstrations by rescue dogs, therapy dogs, visual aid dogs, and agility dogs, a petting zoo/show-and-tell, various games, and vendor booths. Rabies informational pamphlets by the Centers for Veterinary Medicine and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will be distributed to local veterinarians and businesses on World Rabies Day.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Student Chapter of the AVMA and Brazos Animal Shelter will host a "Weiner Fest" at Post Oak Mall in College Station, Texas. The event will include a 5-K road race, pet parade/costume contest, weiner-dog (Dachshund) races, informational booths on zoonoses and preventative medicine, vendor booths, and games.

In December 2007 and January 2008 the Student Chapter of the AVMA and Centers for Veterinary Medicine will conduct Community Lectures on “Can my dog give me worms?" and other such zoonotic disease information.

14) Tufts University

On Saturday, Sept. 8, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine will recognize World Rabies Day in conjunction with its Annual Open House, held 10 am to 3 pm at the Veterinary School in North Grafton, Mass. Events include working dog demonstrations, the teddy bear clinic, veterinary exhibits, student run booths, and more. Included in the day will information about the effects of rabies worldwide, a raffle, and the sale of pet products, from which proceeds will benefit the Alliance for Rabies Control. For more information contact Christina Buchter at Christina.Buchter@tufts.edu.

15) Tuskegee University (in collaboration wtih Auburn University; see above)

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Tuskegee and Auburn University Student Chapters of the AVMA will host a Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Tuskegee University Small Animal Health Clinic. For more information contact Candice Bailey at cadence_1913@yahoo.com.

16) University of California, Davis

On Saturday, Sept. 22,  the University of California, Davis, Student Chapter of the AVMA will host a competitive “Run for Rabies” along with a shorter “Dog ‘n’ Jog.” The event will be hosted on the UC Davis campus and in the surrounding Davis community. Veterinary school clubs will have booths and educational information regarding rabies and the mission of the Alliance for Rabies Control will be displayed. For more information contact Rachel Kaplan at rfkaplan@ucdavis.edu.

17) University of Florida 

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the University of Florida Student Chapter of the AVMA will host its 26th Annual "One Health Challenge: Dog Days Run." The event will be held at Westside Park starting at 8:00 am, and it includes a 5K run as well as a one mile "Fun Run" with your dog. After the races, there will be a performance from the local band Morningbell. For more information about this event or for runner registration, visit http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1467794 or contact Greg Merritt at gam04@ufl.edu.

18) University of Georgia

On Saturday, Sept. 8,  the University of Georgia Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association will host a belly dancing fundraiser in Athens, Ga., in support of the inaugural World Rabies Day. This event will contribute to global and local rabies awareness and prevention. For more information contact Stic Harris at stic@uga.edu.

19) University of Illinois

The veterinary students at the University of Illinois will be doing community outreach rabies educational programs for middle school to high school students in association with World Rabies Day. This activity coincides with one of the World Rabies Day campaigns: Teaching to Make Rabies History! For more information--or to request a presentation--please contact Emily Eaton at eeaton2@uiuc.edu.

20) University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine 

On Sunday, Sept. 30,  the University of Minnesota Student Chapter of the AVMA will host its “1st Annual Hoof N’ Woof.” The event will be held at Como Park and registration begins at 8:30am. This run/walk is a way for people to help children and animals while spending time with their pets. For more information about this event contact Shannon Mesenbourg at mese0015@umn.edu or Ashley Nichols at nicho362@umn.edu.

21) University of Pennsylvania

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the University of Pennsylvania Student Chapter of the AVMA will host a run and dog walk in recognition of World Rabies Day on Memorial Hall Trail in scenic Fairmount Park. Runners will start at 9am ET and dog walkers will start at 9:15am ET.  For more information visit http://www.vet.upenn.edu/currentstudents/clubs/scavma/rabiesday.html, or contact Mike Altemeier at altmeiem@vet.upenn.edu.

22) University of Tennessee

On Saturday, Sept. 8,  the Population and Preventative Medicine Club of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine will host “Stop Rabies in its Tracks.” The event will take place on the agricultural campus during the pre-game festivities of the Tennessee versus Southern Miss football game and will focus on highlighting the importance of rabies prevention in East Tennessee and around the world. For more information contact Reid Harvey at rrharvey@mail.ag.utk.edu, or Becky Leap at rlleap@mail.ag.utk.edu.

23) University of Wisconsin

On Saturday, Sept. 8, , the University of Wisconsin Student Chapter of the AVMA will host a run in association with World Rabies Day. For more information contact Rossana Perez-Freytes at perezfreytes@wisc.edu.

24) Virginia-Maryland

Details on their event will be announced soon.

25) Washington State University

Details on their event will be announced soon. For information contact Kristi Gibbs at kgibbs@vetmed.wsu.edu.

Do You Want To Hold An Event?

There are downloadable materials available for planning a World Rabies Day event. See worldrabiesday.org/campaign_en.php for a Course Planning Guide (PDF), Fundraising Guide (PDF), Event Sign In Sheet (PDF), and an Event Signage (PPT).

Teaching to Make Rabies History

Are you a teacher of a primary or secondary school? If so, you are asked to join the rabies campaign to educate children about the causes of rabies and how it can end.

The  Alliance for Rabies Control invites you and your students to use our downloadable education material and suggestions for activities to Make Rabies History by participating in this inaugural World Rabies Day. See worldrabiesday.org/campaign_en.php for Learning to Make Rabies History Curriculum (PowerPoint), Learning to Make Rabies History Curriculum (PDF), and Commemorations to Make Rabies History.

The World Rabies Day initiative invites individuals and groups of persons to commemorate persons, especially loved ones, who have died of rabies through the observation of 55 seconds of silence--one second for each 1,000 persons per year whose death from rabies could have been prevented.

Make Rabies History

The World Rabies Day initiative is a global rabies awareness campaign to spread the word about rabies prevention. To find events in North America visit worldrabiesday.org/events_americas_en.php.For a list of World Rabies Day partners visit worldrabiesday.org/partners_en.php.

Donation for Eradication

"Rabies is a terrible disease that kills around 100 children a day in Africa and Asia, and which causes considerable suffering for people and their animals," noted the Alliance for Rabies Control. If you would like to support this initiative financially visit worldrabiesday.org/donate_en.php. If you would like to purchase T shirts or other items with the World Rabies Day logo, visit worldrabiesday.org/shop_en.php.

More will be added to the World Rabies Day Web site in the upcoming weeks.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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