World Rabies Day Interview Series

A VBB-dedicated online event

Every year almost 60,000 people die from dog-mediated rabies – tragically children are greatly over-represented, comprising 40% of fatalities in Asia and Africa.

With the advent of COVID-19, World Rabies Day 2020 has a unique opportunity to effectively share awareness of dog-mediated rabies to a wider audience whose lives may very well be currently impacted by a virus of animal origin.

Vets Beyond Borders is harnessing this opportunity sharing awareness of rabies to its Australian audience and international stakeholders. VBB is creating an Interview Series-style video production to be released on World Rabies Day – 28 September.


Guest speakers featured in the video:


Dr Mark Schipp

Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer; President, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)


Dr Bernadette Abela-Ridder

Department of the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization (WHO)


Dr Terence Scott

Technical Lead – Rabies, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and North Africa Rabies Control Network (MERACON) Steering Committee, Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC)


Dr Emily Mudoga

Animal in Communities Manager, World Animal Protection (WAP) – Kenya


Dr Erika Flores Reynoso

Project Manager and Veterinary Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)


Dr James Gilkerson

Professor (Veterinary Microbiology), University of Melbourne


Dr Guyan Weerasinghe

Veterinary Officer, Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy – Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Dr Bonny Cumming

Programs Manager, Animal Management in Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Communities (AMRRIC)


Edson Chiweta

Rabies Project Officer, Lilongwe SPCA, Malawi


Dr Thinlay Bhutia

Program Coordinator, Sikkim Anti Rabies and Animal Health program, India


Dr Janey Lowes

Founder and Head Veterinarian, WECare WorldWide, Sri Lanka


Christine Askew

Founder, Dumaguete Animal Sanctuary, The Philippines


Dr Helen Byrnes

Director, Vets Beyond Borders


Charmaine Tham,

Director, Vets Beyond Borders


Dr Alan Sherlock

Lifetime member and 11-time volunteer, Vets Beyond Borders

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