Veterinary Hospitals & Animal Shelter Staff

The OAVT RRP team collects samples directly with veterinary hospitals, shelters, animal control services, wildlife rehabilitators, zoos and private residences when requested by Public Health. The Program’s goal is to ensure rabies suspect animal specimens, that have had an exposure incident with a human, are collected efficiently in order to have sample test results returned as quickly as possible. To ensure your patient’s sample collection is done quickly and effectively please review our RRP clinic info sheets.

Encouraging your RVT staff to become a RRP Team member will help to provide your clients and local Public Health Unit with quick access to rabies sample collection and return of test results. RVT participants can arrange for collections outside of their regular commitments to you to prevent any disruption to your service. Payment to RVTs is arranged between the OAVT & RVT independantly, preventing any extra work on your end.

Who to call when?

The OAVT RRP facilitates collection and shipping for rabies specimens that have involved human exposure. If you are inquiring about an animal that has not been exposed to a human please refer to the following infographic to determine who to call.

Need more rabies info?

  • For rabies information pertaining to wildlife visit the OMNRF Rabies webpage here
  • For animal exposures that do not involve humans (animal to animal) visit OMAFRA's Rabies in Ontario webpage here
  • For rabies information to share with your clients visit the OAVT RRP Rabies Public Portal here
  • Looking for other general rabies information? Visit the OAVT RRP Rabies Resources Page here