The Vaccination Guidelines Group of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association has launched a two-year project that aims to advise veterinarians in Asia on optimal vaccination practice.

The Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has launched a two-year project that aims to advise veterinarians in Asia on optimal vaccination practice.

Delegates participate in sessions on vaccinologyThe VGG has launched the project because the continent has what the group calls “a relatively high small companion animal infectious disease pressure”.

Launched in July (2012) in Japan – the project’s first location – the VGG met with Japanese small animal veterinary associations, veterinary practitioners and veterinary school academics at a meeting in Tokyo. The Japanese pet insurance industry, vaccine producers and the Japanese regulatory authority were also present.

The VGG has published a set of small animal vaccination guidelines with accompanying fact sheets and FAQs. It hopes these resources will be a practical tool to support Asian vets.

Members of the VGG meet in Tokyo. L-R: Richard Squires (James Cook University, Australia), Michael J. Day (University of Bristol and chairman), Hajime Tsujimoto (University of Tokyo) and Ron Schultz (University of Wisconsin-Madison). While in Tokyo, members of the VGG also met with Tomoko Ishibashi, deputy director of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in the Asia Pacific region, to discuss rabies surveillance and control on the continent. Following the meeting, VGG members hosted sessions on vaccinology for practitioners in Osaka and Tokyo, which were attended by 370 veterinarians.

VGG chairman Michael Day, from the University of Bristol, said of the project: “The VGG is very pleased to have the opportunity to undertake this new programme of work in a continent where there are particular problems with canine and feline infectious diseases, specifically with the relatively high prevalence of zoonotic canine rabies virus infection.”

The VGG is scheduled to meet next in India in September 2012. It will then meet in China in 2013. There are also plans to collect data from Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.  

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