Protect Your Veterinary Practice From Costs Associated With Equine Rabies Exposure

Protect Your Veterinary Practice From Costs Associated With
Equine Rabies Exposure

As a veterinarian, being aware of rabies exposure implications is critical

Inherently fatal, rabies is among the core equine diseases, which also include West Nile, Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, and tetanus. As defined by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), these diseases are designated as core because all horses are at risk for exposure, all have a high fatality rate, and some may present a potential human health risk.1 In addition to the AAEP, rabies vaccination is identified as a core vaccine by two additional major veterinary associations: the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV).

This recommendation establishes annual rabies vaccination as a standard of practice commonlyaccepted within the equine industry.

In addition to the personal and financial value of a lost horse, rabies post-exposure vaccination could cost an estimated $7,500 per person.*,2 

To best protect their business, veterinarians should provide their clients with written information concerning rabies, symptoms and treatment protocols

along with advice concerning the recommendations of the AAEP, AVMA and NASPHV for annual equine rabies vaccination and document the client's receipt of this important information.

When dealing with a potential rabies case, veterinarians will need to be cautious and follow protocols. 

“Given the fact that rabies is 100% fatal and given the fact that the symptoms might appear early or might not appear until six months or a year later, the veterinarian really is required to err on the side of caution,” said Denise E. Farris, Esq, founder, Farris Law Firm LLC. “When an animal presents with potential signs of rabies, stop right at that moment and think worst-case scenario. If this animal is in fact confirmed to have rabies, have I done everything in my protocol to treat it appropriately?”

Annual spring vaccination is the only way to help protect horses from the deadly core equine diseases. Veterinarians can trust in Core EQ Innovator, recently introduced by Zoetis as the first and only equine vaccine to help provide protection against all core equine diseases.

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Help ensure all your equine patients are protected against the core equine diseases every spring. Only available through a veterinarian, Core EQ Innovator provides a safe and effective immune response against all core equine diseases in one injection. The vaccine has been field tested in more than 1,000 horses with 99.7% of horses being reaction-free.3,4 For additional information and resources, contact your Zoetis representative or visit

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Protect Your Veterinary Practice From Costs Associated With
Equine Rabies Exposure

For more information, contact:
Adrienne McAleer

Kassi Hoxmeier
Bader Rutter

According to meta-analysis, the number of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatments given in the United States is estimated between 40,000 and 50,000. In the U.S., the estimated rabies disease control, prevention and diagnostics costs range from $245 million to $510 million annually. A mean annual cost of $300 million for U.S. human rabies post-exposure prophylaxis divided by 40,000 people exposed per year equates to an estimated cost of $7,500 per person.  

1 American Association of Equine Practitioners. Vaccination Guidelines. Accessed October 8, 2018.

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cost of Rabies Prevention. Accessed October 8, 2018.

3 Data on file, Study Report No. B951R-US-14-056, Zoetis Inc.

4 Data on file, Study Report No. B951R-US-16-106, Zoetis Inc.



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