The World Small Animal Veterinary Association has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with charity Mission Rabies. The organisations, which have worked together informally for several years, will now collaborate on a joint action plan to contribute to global efforts to eliminate dog bite-transmitted rabies through a research-driven One Health approach.
Under the MoU, the WSAVA will also become an observer of the International Rabies Taskforce (IRT), which aims to provide practical expertise and guidance to support governments to plan and grow successful, cost-effective rabies elimination strategies.
The IRT is committed to the goal it shares with the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Global Alliance for Rabies Control of eliminating human deaths due to canine-mediated rabies deaths by 2030.
“The WSAVA and the WSAVA Foundation have worked closely with Mission Rabies over several years and rabies control is a key element of the work of our One Health Committee and Vaccination Guidelines Group,” said Emeritus Professor Michael Day, honorary treasurer of the WSAVA and a trustee of Mission Rabies.
“With launch of the IRT, it is an opportune time to formalise our relationship so that we can work together to maximise the involvement of our small animal veterinary community in this major global push to eliminate canine rabies.”