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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Announces Rabies Awareness Week

Veterinary Association Sponsors Statewide Rabies Awareness Week

Arlington, VA, September 28, 2012 --( The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association ( has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to sponsor a statewide rabies awareness effort beginning Monday, Sept. 24. Each year, the two organizations join forces to celebrate Rabies Awareness Week to increase attention to the deadly disease, which is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Throughout the week, VVMA and VDH will promote guidelines to prevent families and pets from being exposed to rabies, offer educational opportunities to learn more about the deadly disease and encourage veterinarians to communicate the dangers of rabies with patients and others in the veterinary medicine community.

“Vaccinating companion animals, such as dogs and cats, against rabies for their protection as well as the protection of family members is very important,” said Virginia’s State Public Health Veterinarian, Julia Murphy.

- For more information about Rabies Awareness Week and to view an informational video regarding how to protect pets and pet owners from rabies infections, visit

About The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association:
The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2655.

Caitlin Russell
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600
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