UF shelter medicine professor tapped to help develop vaccination guidelines for South American cats and dogs

Brittany CrawfordDogs and cats in South America will soon have vaccination recommendations tailored specifically for them, thanks to a group of dedicated veterinarians, including Dr. Cynda Crawford of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG) has worked since 2006 producing vaccination guidelines for veterinarians around the world.

These guidelines provide recommendations for vaccination of dogs and cats, including those housed in shelters. For the past three years, the VGG worked with small animal practitioners in several Asian countries to produce the first ever guidelines specific for dog and cat vaccination in Asia.

For the next three years, the VGG will be working with practitioners in South American countries to produce vaccination guidelines specific for dogs and cats in South America. Dr. Crawford has been invited to join the VGG for the South America project.

“Our first trip will be to Argentina this August to work with practitioners,” said. Dr. Crawford. “I’m thrilled to join this group, as it contains some of the most renowned veterinary immunologists and infectious disease experts in the world.”

Dr. Crawford will leave for Argentina in August. Stay tuned for more news from her trip!