Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
Send Cancel

Boehringer Ingelheim donates vaccines to fight rabies in Puerto Rico
"We’re pleased to do our part to help protect animals from rabies" - Randolph Legg, Boehringer Ingelheim.

Rabies is estimated to kill some 59,000 humans annually

Pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim has pledged to donate 60,000 doses of its rabies vaccine over the next three years to help fight the disease in Puerto Rico.

The firm announced the move to coincide with World Rabies Day (28 September) as part of its Shots for Good Initiative to help eradicate rabies around the world by vaccinating dogs.

“We’re pleased to do our part to help protect animals from rabies,” said Randolph Legg, head of the pet vet business at Boehringer Ingelheim’s U.S. animal health business.

Rabies is estimated to kill some 59,000 humans annually in more than 150 countries and regions. Dog bites are the main source of human death, accounting for more than 99 per cent of transmission of rabies from animals to people. 

Boehringer announced that it will spread the donations in Puerto Rico over three years alongside events planned by the Spayathon for Puerto Rico, a coalition of around 24 groups organised by the Humane Society of the United States. The groups have offered to provide spay/neuter and vaccination services to thousands of animals.

The nonprofit Veterinarians for Puerto Rico will use the donated vaccines to protect animals in rural parts of the island. Boehringer also said it will donate tens of thousands of dollars to the nonprofit, which provides proof of rabies vaccination for animal shelters and unserved communities in need.

Chief executive Louis Nel of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, which coordinates World Rabies Day, said the world is moving toward eliminating rabies deaths by 2030.

“The most important element of any rabies-elimination program is the vaccination of animals and humans, and is reflected by this year’s World Rabies Day theme: ‘Rabies: Vaccinate to Eliminate.’ The involvement and collaboration of vaccine manufacturers is essential to help countries on their journey towards freedom from rabies.”

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

Do you know a practice wellbeing star?

News Story 1
 Has someone in your practice team gone above and beyond to make your workplace a positive one during the coronavirus pandemic? Then why not nominate them for a 2020 Practice Wellbeing Star!

The joint RCVS Mind Matters Initiative/SPVS Practice Wellbeing Star nominations recognise individuals who have held up morale during a time when practices are facing unprecedented staffing and financial issues.

Nominees receive a certificate in recognition of their colleagues' appreciation of their achievements and will be entered into the prize draw for a pair of tickets to attend the joint SPVS and Veterinary Management Group Congress in January 2021.


Click here for more...
News Shorts
WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at until 30th August 2020.