Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana in collaboration with McMaster University’s Pre-Veterinary Club Hamilton, Canada had organized an ‘Anti-Rabies and De-worming’ camp on 14th August 2018 at its small animal clinics, Hospital complex in Ludhiana.
The club as well as vet varsity aims to improve the stigma surrounding the vaccination of companion animals. As many of us may be aware that rabies is a vaccine-preventable zoonotic disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories. However, in India rabies is still a disease of low public health priority despite being a major public health issue. It is important to know that Rabies can affect both domestic and wild animals however World Health Organization in 2017 confirmed that domestic dogs are responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans in 99 percent cases.
Rabies can be prevented through proper vaccination of dogs therefore for our safety immunization of our pets is as important as that of any other member of our family. With this Anti-Rabies and De-worming Camp, both the collaborators hope to educate people about the importance of proper vaccination of pets at home. It is important to mention that worm infestation both Ecto and Endo parasites are more common in this season which is very stressful for our pets.
The primary goal of the McMaster University’s Pre-Veterinary Club is to inspire its students to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Along with planning various events throughout the year, the Club also works towards spreading awareness regarding hot topics in veterinary science like - importance of vaccinating our pets, threat of rabies, ticks and Lyme disease. The club had organized such camps earlier and will be organizing it annually for the benefit of farmers in the region.