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Rabies

Info for Veterinarians & Animal Control

The following resources provide information to assist in animals rabies prevention and control in the interest of public health:

Alerts & Hot Topics

  • Rabies risk assessments - Human health care providers, veterinarians and CD nurses caring for patients with potential rabies exposures may contact N.C. DHHS Public Health Veterinarians (919-733-3410, 24 hours) for evaluation of exposure circumstances and advisement on whether post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is appropriate. In the case of animals, the determination of whether or not control measures should be applied is made under NC GS § 130A-197 External link.
  • Rabies tags:
    • Rabies tag lists - Yearly lists of contact information arranged by tag number for easier tracking of animals.
    • Rabies tags order form - (Word, 104KB), (PDF, 24KB)

Manuals & Guides

Support Services

  • Rabies risk assessments - Human health care providers, veterinarians and CD nurses caring for patients with potential rabies exposures may contact N.C. DHHS Public Health Veterinarians (919-733-3410, 24 hours) for evaluation of exposure circumstances and advisement on whether post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is appropriate. In the case of animals, the determination of whether or not control measures should be applied is made under NC GS § 130A-197 External link.
  • Rabies virology/serology - See the State Laboratory of Public Health for information on rabies testing services and specimen requirements.

Forms

  • DHHS: Rabies Tags Order Form (Word, 104KB), (PDF, 24KB)
  • National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV): Rabies Vaccination Certificate, External link rev. 2007 (PDF)
  • US APHIS: Order USDA Health Certificates - Form 7001 External link - USDA Veterinary Accreditation is required to order and issue USDA health certificates. Form 7001 is in Adobe Acrobat PDF interactive fill-in format that has to be printed and cannot be saved. Serial numbers are no longer required on the form. Should you have any questions please contact the USDA APHIS NC Area Office External link at 919-855-7701.

Tools & Websites

  • Search for North Carolina animal control agencies External link - North Carolina Association of Rabies Control Agencies (NCARCA)
  • US APHIS: APHIS North Carolina Area Office External link
  • CDC: Rabies External link
  • CDC: World Rabies Day External link - A global health observance to raise awareness about rabies and enhance prevention and control efforts. Co-sponsored by CDC and the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC).
  • North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board External link: The state occupational licensing board for veterinary practice. Manages examination of applicants, issuing and renewing licenses/registrations, formal complaints, practice name approvals, and inspections of all veterinary practices throughout the state.
  • North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association External link: Professional organization providing continuing education, public relations, advocacy and lobbying on behalf of veterinary medicine in the state.
  • NC Veterinary Division External link, Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Protects the health of the state's livestock and poultry population through the administration of regulatory animal health programs and its diagnostic laboratory system. Responsibilities include the surveillance, monitoring, control, and eradication of diseases; regulation of animal movements; inspections and testing on the farm and at markets and sales; providing diagnostic laboratory service to owners and their veterinarians; and conducting regulatory disease testing to facilitate interstate and export movement of animals and food products.