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Rabies Vector Species (RVS) Training


The Rabies Vector Species (RVS) training is an 8-hour class provided by the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and approved by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. This workshop, or equivalent, is required by ODW in order to accept rabies vector species. It is offered annually at the OWRA Conference. If you have any questions pertaining to the class or want more information about the upcoming training, please email Barbara Ray.


Topics covered in the Rabies Vector Species (RVS) Training Manual:

  • RVS "ABC's"
  • What is RVS
  • Rabies Overview
  • Epidemiology, Ohio Rabies and Oral Baiting
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Bats and Rabies
  • Rabies Exposure Protocol & Decision Trees
  • Rabies Exposure & testing Requirements
  • Rabies Pre-Exposure Vaccination
  • Rabies Post-Exposure Vaccination
  • Rabies Post Exposure Treatment
  • Serologic Testing and Titers
  • Rabies Testing, Reporting and Submission
  • Sample Protocol for Rehabilitation of RVS
  • Hygience and Disinfection and Recommended Agents
  • Pre-Release & Permanent Vaccine Schedule
  • Recombitek Distemper Vaccine Information
  • Rabies Licensed Vaccines & Manufacturers
  • Who Should Rehabilitate RVS

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