Harrogate, Tennessee, December 1, 2017 – The Student Chapter of the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) hosted a low-cost community rabies clinic at the Scott County Public Animal Shelter in Virginia on November 5, 2017. A total of 50 dogs and 18 cats were vaccinated for rabies that were brought to the clinic by local pet owners.
Dr. Gil Patterson, program manager for the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia (CAHA), helped coordinate the event and administer the vaccinations. Students had the opportunity to practice physical examinations and communication skills while preparing dogs and cats to receive their rabies vaccinations. They also educated clients on the importance of vaccinating for rabies and heartworm prevention. In addition, the clinic offered an opportunity for local pets to easily receive the State-required rabies vaccine at a low cost.
Patterson would like continue this opportunity and hopes to schedule additional rabies clinics after the New Year. If you are interested in setting up a rabies clinic at your animal shelter or place of business, contact Dr. Gil Patterson at Gilbert.Patterson@LMUnet.edu.
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.