2014 – AVMA, CVMA, and FVE recognize that canine rabies presents a serious public health risk worldwide. Although multiple rabies virus variants are maintained in wild mammalian reservoir populations and can cause infection and death in humans, the canine variant serves as the source of infection in the vast majority of human rabies infections and deaths worldwide.


AVMA, CVMA and FVE firmly believe that canine rabies can be controlled and eliminated through collaboration among animal and public health workers, legislators, and governing bodies of existing and new control programs, with support from governmental and non-governmental organizations alike.