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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

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Bristol uni celebrates 75 years of teaching vets

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 The University of Bristol's veterinary school is celebrating 75 years of educating veterinary students.

Since the first group of students were admitted in October 1949, the school has seen more than 5,000 veterinary students graduate.

Professor Jeremy Tavare, pro vice-chancellor and executive dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, said: "I'm delighted to be celebrating Bristol Veterinary School's 75 years.

"Its excellence in teaching and research has resulted in greater understanding and some real-world changes benefiting the health and welfare of both animals and humans, which is testament to the school's remarkable staff, students and graduates." 

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From Monday, 26 February 2024, RCVS' temporary headquarters will be at 2 Waterhouse Square, Holborn, London. This is within walking distance of its current rented offices at The Cursitor, Chancery Lane.

RCVS have been based at The Cursitor since February 2022, following the sale of its Westminster premises the previous March.

However, unforeseen circumstances relating to workspace rental company WeWork filing for bankruptcy means The Cursitor will no longer operate as a WeWork space. The new temporary location is still owned by WeWork.

RCVS anticipates that it will move into its permanent location at Hardwick Street, Clerkenwell, later on in the year.