Your data on MRCVSonline
The nature of the services provided by Vision Media means that we might obtain certain information about you.
Please read our Data Protection and Privacy Policy for details.

In addition, (with your consent) some parts of our website may store a 'cookie' in your browser for the purposes of
functionality or performance monitoring.
Click here to manage your settings.
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

Rabies project celebrates two million dogs vaccinated
WVS has completed the largest ever rabies vaccination drive in Cambodia.
The success will reduce future human cases.

Worldwide Veterinary Services (WVS) has announced that over two million dogs have now been vaccinated against rabies globally as part of their Mission Rabies project.

WVS, which is a subsidiary of Dogs Trust, revealed the milestone for World Rabies Day, which is due to be marked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 28 September. World Rabies Day is held annually to raise awareness of the infectious disease, and promote the fight against it.

Once symptomatic, the disease is deadly and untreatable, resulting in the death of a child every nine minutes. It also costs the global economy $8.6bn annually.

The disease is mainly transmitted from dogs, which are responsible for up to 99 per cent of all rabies transmissions to humans.

The vaccination of dogs against rabies is considered the most effective strategy of eliminating the disease, stopping the transmission at its source. It also prevents millions of dogs each year being indiscriminately and inhumanely killed out of fear of the disease.

WVS, as well as the Mission Rabies project, became part of Dogs Trust in May 2023, with the view of advancing the fight against rabies. Together they are operating several initiatives to eliminate human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies, as well as improving animal welfare worldwide.

This included the largest ever rabies vaccination drive in Cambodia, which resulted in more than 75,000 dogs being vaccinated over ten days in the Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

The group are now aiming to vaccinate 70 per cent of the canine population in endemic countries, which is the coverage needed to eliminate the disease

Luke Gamble, founder and chief executive of WVS, said: “Our pledge is to half the number of human rabies deaths in the next five years and protect hundreds of thousands of dogs.

“We can do this as part of Dogs Trust. The key to eliminating rabies is breaking the cycle of transmission by vaccinating 70 per cent of the dogs in any given project site.”
Karen Reed, executive director of Dogs Trust Worldwide said: “We know that the most effective way to end deaths by rabies is through mass vaccination of dogs.
“We look forward to continuing our important work alongside WVS and with our other partners.
“We hope that one day we can eliminate rabies, saving countless human and canine lives”.

Image © Dogs Trust

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

VMG president joins House of Lords

News Story 1
 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

Click here for more...
News Shorts
Sixth case of bluetongue confirmed

A sixth case of bluetongue virus serotype 3 has been confirmed in the UK.

The case was detected in an animal on a premises linked to one of the farms within the Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) currently in place near Canterbury, Kent.

In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

The cases in Kent come at a time when a new strain of the virus has spread rapidly across farms in the Netherlands. Both the Government and the British Veterinary Association have urged livestock keepers to remain vigilant.

Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.