Harrogate, Tennessee, March 20, 2019 – Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) students are working with local community partners to host pop-up clinics to help protect public health throughout the region and prevent the spread of the rabies virus. The last clinic was held on Oct. 27, 2018, at the Scott County Public Animal Shelter in Gate City, Virginia, and work is in progress to host another clinic in summer 2019.
The event is coordinated by the Student Chapter of the American Association of Public Health and Food Safety Veterinarians (SCAAFSPHV), better known as LMU-CVM’s – “Veterinary Public Health Club” – in partnership with the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA). The most recent clinic was made possible through the volunteer efforts of 10 current LMU-CVM students and Dr. Gil Patterson, CAHA program manager and assistant professor of veterinary medicine at LMU-CVM.
The clinic offered the Virginia state-required rabies vaccine at a low cost to local Appalachian pets and their owners. LMU-CVM students also had the opportunity to practice their client communication and diagnostic skills by providing physical exams and answering general health questions on all pets that were brought to the clinic. Informational materials on rabies were also distributed to attendees.
Overall, 128 cats and dogs were vaccinated for rabies during the clinic. When including this number with previous vaccine clinics hosted by CAHA, the total number of Appalachian pets vaccinated for rabies since 2017 through this program is 236.
Any local animal shelters interested in coordinating a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic with CAHA are encouraged to contact Dr. Gil Patterson at [email protected]
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.