January 06, 2010

UPDATE: Nashville/Davidson County Permits 3 Year Rabies Vaccine

Good news! Fewer rabies booster shots for Nashville dogs and cats is at the discretion of pet owners and their veterinarians in Davidson County, Tennessee. Annual dog licenses are still required.  

According to Kris Christine, founder of the Rabies Challenge fund, the County Director of Health, Dr. Brent Hager (Director of Environmental Health), made the following statement on rabies vaccine requirements for Metro Nashville/Davidson County in response to her request for clarification on local rabies control and prevention laws:  

From: Hager, Brent (Health) 
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 4:08 PM 
To: Paul, Bill (Health) 
Subject: METRO/DAVIDSON (NASHVILLE) RABIES  

MCL 8.04.040 states "All licenses issued shall be valid for twelve months and shall expire on the last day of the month issued of the following year". The vaccine used, however, can be a one year or three year at the discretion of the vet or owner.  

If you have any questions about this, please contact Dr. Hager at: Dr. Brent Hager, Director of Environmental Health Metro Public Health Department of Nashville/Davidson County 311 23rd Avenue North Nashville, TN 37203 615-340-5653 (office)  

H/T: Kris Christine,The Rabies Challenge Fund


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