NYC MRC Veterinarians provide rabies vaccinations for pets in Staten Island

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Betty Duggan
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York
June 2, 2014

In collaboration with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Medical Reserve Corps veterinarians participated in a Rabies Vaccination Day for Pets in Staten Island on March 9, 2014. Because there has been a high incidence of rabies in the animal population in Staten Island, the Department of Health planned a vaccination day in a public park. NYC MRC partnered with the DOHMH Bureau of Veterinary and Pest Control Services to examine and provide vaccinations to dogs and cats. Over a hundred pet owners, many of them low income, came to the park and over 110 pets were vaccinated.

NYC DOHMH Bureau of Veterinary and Pest Services saw a need to provide rabies vaccinations in Staten Island, but they did not have veterinarians to provide this service. In this partnership, DOHMH provided vaccine and supplies, and MRC provided expertise in the form of 3 highly skilled veterinarians who are members of NYC MRC.

In this partnership, DOHMH provided vaccine and supplies, and MRC provided expertise in the form of 3 highly skilled veterinarians who are members of NYC Medical Reserve Corps.

Because of this partnership, over 110 pets were vaccinated against rabies in Staten Island. This service was provided free of charge. Many of the pet owners were low income and could not have afforded the vaccine otherwise.

Pet owners will go to public locations in order to have their pets vaccinated. This partnership brought together resources and skilled healthcare volunteers to provide a needed service. Because of the success of this event, DOHMH Bureau of Veterinary and Pest Services and NYC Medical Reserve Corps plans to offer rabies vaccination clinics in other low income areas in NYC in the fall of 2014.

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