The WSAVA’s vaccination guidelines group has continued its two year project to advise veterinarians on the Asian continent on optimal vaccination practice with a visit to India.

The WSAVA’s vaccination guidelines group (VGG) has continued its two year project to advise veterinarians on the Asian continent on optimal vaccination practice with a visit to India.

WSAVA's Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG).The VGG, chaired by Prof Michael Day of the University of Bristol, develops globally relevant recommendations for best practice in the vaccination of dogs and cats.  It has published a set of vaccination guidelines with accompanying fact sheets and FAQs as a practical tool to support veterinarians in practice around the world.

The two year Asian project was launched in July 2012 in response to the continent’s “relatively high small companion animal infectious disease pressure”.

During its visit to India, the VGG team met veterinary practitioners, vaccine manufacturers and government representatives in Delhi and Mumbai. The team made site visits to six veterinary practices, including a municipal dispensary. 

A key focus on the subcontinent is the control of canine rabies virus which members discussed with Major General Kharb, chairman of the Animal Welfare Board of India and Dr Nalinika Obeyesekere, a practitioner from Colombo and founder of the Blue Paw Trust, a charity working to eliminate the disease from Sri Lanka.

[L-R] Members of the VGG meet in Mumbai, India: Prof Richard Squires, Prof Michael Day, Prof Hajime Tsujimoto and Dr Umesh Karkare.The VGG team collected data from over 140 veterinarians by survey questionnaire and presented vaccinology CE programmes in Delhi and Mumbai which were attended by 180 vets.

Prof Day said: “Through our meetings and site visits, we built up a good understanding of the particular problems faced by the Indian subcontinent – in particular the challenge of controlling canine rabies virus infection.

“As there are an estimated 20,000 human deaths annually from canine rabies virus infection in India, it was encouraging to learn of a new government control programme starting later this year.  We look forward to continuing to support the Indian veterinary community in its quest to control this dreadful disease.”

  • The VGG will meet next in China and Thailand in July 2013.
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