Continuing Education for Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Animal Control Officers
The Texas Department of State Health Services Oral Rabies Vaccination Program (ORVP) is an innovative program that uses oral rabies vaccine to control rabies in wildlife. The program was implemented to address two rabies epizootics, including one in coyotes in South Texas and one in gray foxes in West-Central Texas. The program has been expanded in 2014 to evaluate its effectiveness for controlling skunk rabies. The baits containing the oral rabies vaccine are distributed aerially in designated areas.
Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, registered sanitarians and animal control officers can receive continuing education credits for visiting the ORVP field locations to learn about the epizootics and the field work being conducted to control them. Up to five (5) continuing education credits are available.
Attendance at the Texas 2014 ORVP is available in Del Rio (Jan. 16-19), Alpine (Jan. 21-23), Zapata (Jan. 21-24). Brady (Jan. 25-27) and La Grange (Jan. 26-31).
Please note that all dates are approximate; they are contingent upon weather conditions at each location.
Please contact Dr. Laura Robinson, ORVP Director, Zoonosis Control, Texas Department of State Health Services, to make arrangements for visiting the ORVP Command Center. Call (512) 776-7255 and ask the receptionist to forward you to the Zoonosis Control Branch.