Welcome to the OAVT Rabies Response Program (RRP) Public Health Unit (PHU) Portal
This webpage has been designed for Public Health Unit (PHU) staff in Ontario who require rabies specimen testing. The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Public Health Rabies Response Program (OAVT RRP) works closely with all of Ontario’s PHUs to provide the service or rabies specimen collections and shipment for testing at laboratories utilizing highly skilled Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs).
For questions or concerns regarding rabies specimen submission, the OAVT RRP is available Monday – Friday 8:30am-4:30pm (not including holidays) and can be reached at:
1-844-872-2437 or email@example.com
Although submission requests are accepted online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, rabies specimen submission requests completed after hours will be processed on the next working day.
Rabies Testing Facilitated through the OAVT RRP
Rabies Suspect Animals With Exposures With Human Exposure:
The OAVT RRP in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) facilitates the collection and shipping of both wild and domestic animal rabies specimens (including livestock) with WHO Rabies Exposure Categories II and III to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Laboratories for Fluorescent Antibody Testing (FAT).
Rabies Suspect Animals With No Human/Animal Exposure:
The OAVT RRP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) facilitates the collection and shipping of rabies vector species (raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote and bats) and feral cats that have no known human/animal exposure and are suspicious of having rabies to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) for Direct Rapid Immunohistochemistry Testing (DRIT).
Prior to submitting a request for these specimens, PHU staff should contact the MNRF Rabies Hotline (1-888-574-6656) to ensure they are given the first opportunity to test the animal.
Please Note: MNRF does not provide testing for feral cats or bats. If the MNRF is not interested in testing the animal you can proceed to submit a case for this enhanced surveillance to the OAVT RRP.
Click here to download the fillable word document request form for rabies specimens with no human or animal exposure. Once you have completed the form email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Service Provided By The OAVT RRP
Once the OAVT RRP receives your request, the OAVT RRP staff will provide the following services:
- Email confirmation of receipt of submission request to PHU.
- Arrange the dispatch of a qualified RVT to the specimen collection location within one business day.
- Provide the name of the collecting RVT and the date/time the collection is arranged for to the PHU
- Notify the collection location of the arrangements for collection.
- Complete all necessary paperwork to package and ship the sample.
- Provide the PHU with email confirmation of the specimen’s shipment to the lab.
- Track the shipment while on route to the lab to ensure it arrives at its destination.
- Arrange the return of test results to the PHU’s rabies results dedicated email address from the testing lab.
RRP Rabies Public Portal
The OAVT RRP Rabies Public Portal webpage has been designed to share rabies related information with the general public.
If you are looking for somewhere to refer your clients for more information about rabies, finding a veterinarian or local rabies vaccination clinics please share our website www.mypetsprotected.org
The “Rabies Insider”
A seasonal newsletter designed for PHU staff.
Highlighting rabies specimen submission tips and rabies information quarterly throughout the year to assist you with your rabies specimen submissions. Click here to check our our archived issues.
In this section
RRP Info Sheets For PHU Staff
RRP Info Sheets For Animal/ Property Owners
OAVT RRP Rabies Vaccine Clinic Listings Pages
If you have been notified of an upcoming rabies vaccine clinic in your PHU area please let us know so that we can include it on our Rabies Vaccine Clinics in Ontario webpage as well as the Rabies Vaccine Clinic Listings, Ontario, Canada Facebook page.
Email the following details to email@example.com
- Vaccine Clinic Location Name
- Vaccine Clinic Date & Time
- Cost & Method of Payment Accepted
- Special Instructions
- Additional Comments
Please include an event poster in JPEG, PNG or PDF format.