The Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) has released a report on its three-year study of infectious disease prevalence and small companion animal vaccination practice on the Asian continent.

Michael Day (left) discusses vaccination with a colleague.

VGG, part of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), compiled the report – titled Recommendations on Vaccination for Asian Small Animal Practitioners – which offers advice to the Asian veterinary profession in areas including:

  • undergraduate veterinary education
  • infectious disease surveillance and research
  • practitioner continuing education
  • vaccine licensing

It also summarises the results of a VGG survey of almost 700 practitioners in selected Asian countries on their experience of dealing with infectious disease and vaccination practice in their hospitals.

Chairman of the VGG and senior vice-president of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association Michael Day said the report was the culmination of three years’ work and fact-finding visits by the VGG to Japan, India, China and Thailand.

“We give advice on optimum vaccination practice in the Asian context, highlight key aspects of vaccine storage and delivery and respond to 80 questions posed frequently during the seven continuing education events we delivered to more than 800 practitioners during the project,” he said.

“We also highlight the issue of canine rabies in many Asian countries and urge the profession in countries endemic for the disease to engage with the target set by the WSAVA One Health Committee and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for global elimination of canine rabies by 2030.”

The VGG report has been accepted for publication as a peer-reviewed scientific manuscript in the official journal of the WSAVA, the Journal of Small Animal Practice, and is available for public access on the VGG resource pages of the WSAVA website.

WSAVA president Colin Burrows said he was grateful for the hard work of Prof Day and the VGG team, as well as sponsors for their logistical support.

The VGG begins its Phase IV Project, a revision of the 2010 global vaccination guidelines for the dog and cat, which should be released late 2015.

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