World Rabies Day was launched in 2007 by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) and aims to raise awareness about the public health impact of human and animal rabies. The theme for this year’s event is “End Rabies Together,” and events are planned around the world to raise awareness and promote the prevention of rabies. You can search for an event near you or add your own event (such as a rabies vaccination event or educational lecture) on the alliance’s website. The alliance also encourages people to use the hashtag #EndRabies on social media.
Veterinarians play a key role in preventing rabies. We can help educate clients about rabies, the importance of vaccination, dog bite prevention, and keeping pets away from wild animals that can spread the disease. The AVMA has several resources you can share with clients:
- Our World Rabies Day page, which features links to videos, educational materials, flyers, brochures, posters, and more
- Information on vaccination
- A podcast on rabies research
- Our social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, where we’ll be sharing posts that you can quickly and easily pass along to your own fans and followers
In addition, the Pan-Aamerican World Rabies Day Initiative – of which the AVMA is a member – is conducting a photo contest for World Rabies Day 2015. The initiative is looking for photos of activities, events, or programs in your community that contribute to the goal of eliminating rabies in the Americas. If you’re holding a vaccination event at your clinic or hosting an educational event, submit a photo! The deadline for photo submissions is Oct. 31, 2015.