More than 55,000 people, mostly in Africa and Asia, die from rabies every year - a rate of one person every ten minutes.3

Vet Students

In conjunction with World Rabies Day, Merial partnered with Student AVMA chapters across the United States and the Caribbean on the One Health Challenge event. The goal of the national competition was to raise donations for rabies prevention and education programs. Merial donated start-up funds and vaccines to participating veterinary schools that hosted benefit events, educational programs and vaccination clinics. The school that raised the most money was awarded an on-site rabies symposium sponsored by Merial.

Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine wins 2009 challenge!

In 2009, veterinary students from Tufts University coordinated luncheons and evening World Rabies Day events on campus to raise awareness for the global impact of rabies. The discussions centered around the school's ongoing international projects to fight rabies, in addition to clarifying the status of rabies in Massachusetts and what the lay public can do to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. Students also held vaccination clinics in low-income neighborhoods thereby protecting pets that otherwise would not be vaccinated against rabies.

As the winner of the contest, the Merial Rabies Symposium will be held at Tufts University on Saturday, September 25, 2010. The symposium will bring together noted public health and animal health speakers, veterinarians and veterinary students from around the world to discuss this important public health issue – from a global and local perspective. The event will heighten understanding of the impact of human and animal rabies, while encouraging prevention through education and vaccination.

Veterinarians: Click Here