North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Releases Podcast on Rabies Awareness and Prevention

Raleigh, NC, July 10, 2010 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association ( has announced the release of a podcast discussing rabies awareness and prevention. In the podcast, Dr. Jim Dobies, president-elect of the NCVMA’s board of directors, discusses how rabies is spread, how the disease is treated, and what protective measures should occur for both humans and animals.

“Rabies is a deadly but preventable disease that is common in North Carolina,” said Claire Holley, executive director of the NCVMA. “We hope to educate listeners and help the public learn about the best ways to protect their pets and themselves from the disease.”

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The podcast is available for download at

- Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. The virus is transmitted by a bite or scratch from an infected animal. Unless the victim is treated immediately with vaccines and immune boosters, the disease is fatal.

- North Carolina consistently ranks among the top five states in the nation for reported cases of rabies. There have been nearly 450 positive rabies tests among wild and domestic animals annually since 2000.

- Dr. Dobies opened the South Point Pet Hospital in 2005 in Belmont, N.C. For more information about South Point Pet Hospital or Dr. Dobies, visit

About The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association:
The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. The NCVMA promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine, provides the highest quality continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through public relations and marketing efforts to the public and governing officials, lobbies on behalf of the interests of the entire profession, and serves as an advocate and voice for veterinary medicine in the state. For more information, visit, or call (800) 446-2862 or (919) 851-5850.

Brittney Storm
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