New AVMA Policy On Annual Rabies Vaccination

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There’s some good news for dog owners.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved the use of waivers in lieu of rabies vaccination.

The new policy states, “AVMA recognizes some animals might require a waiver from rabies vaccination because the vaccination poses an unacceptably high risk to the health of the individual animal, or a waiver might be necessary for research purposes. If adequate steps can be taken to minimize the chance of exposure to rabies virus, the AVMA recommends that such animals be granted a waiver from mandatory rabies vaccination, upon recommendation of a licensed veterinarian and with the concurrence of the appropriate public health authorities.”

Unfortunately, there is still work to be done at a government level.  Waivers can’t be issued if they are not allowed in your jurisdiction.  But this official stance and policy may get us one step closer to forcing more communities to allow waivers for some dogs.

Read the full policy here:

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