The Wichita Eagle reports that area veterinarians were asked for input because the veterinarians, public health officials and other animal care experts on the task force, which met in July, could not reach a consensus on the issue.
A questionnaire prepared with the help of Wichita State University was e-mailed to 124 area veterinarians in November. The results from that survey were "again, all over the place," Johnson said, with veterinarians disagreeing as to whether switching to a three-year rabies vaccine would affect human or canine health.
But 65 percent of responding veterinarians said they would vaccinate on a multi-year basis if permitted to do so.
And 75 percent wanted to be allowed individual discretion as to how often to vaccinate -- while adhering to a rabies compendium established by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
The high percentage of veterinarians who are willing to change their practice protocol in the interests of dog and cat health is significant. A similar poll taken in Houston,Texas in 2003 found that only seven percent of veterinarians were willing to align with current knowledge of vaccinology.
Still, one wonders why this is such a difficult decision for veterinarians, public health officials and other animal care experts in Wichita, KS. They are not breaking new ground.
In 2002, all but five states extended the interval for rabies vaccination to three years. Seven of those states offer a medical waiver for sick and senior pets.