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Vet from Sussex helps to tackle rabies in India

A veterinary surgeon from Burgess Hill in Sussex has been helping to tackle the problem of rabies in India.

Jo Iddon, from Heath Veterinary Clinic carried out work involving vaccinating stray dogs against the disease and marking them with a red spot so people are aware they’ve had the immunisation.

India is the world’s hotspot for rabies, with an estimated death toll from the disease of 30,000 a year. The project Jo was involved in is the monthly mass vaccination drive, which has been successful in vaccinating over 60,000 dogs so far.

One of the dogs vaccinated against rabies in India Credit: Heath Veterinary Clinic

“I was really looking forward to visiting India to help this great charity and offering them my skills as a veterinary surgeon. I’m very appreciative of all the support I’ve received from my work, friends, family and people in the local community.

"The trip was very interesting and I’m glad I’ve gone a little way towards helping the rabies problem in India.”

– Jo Iddon
Jo vaccinating a dog against rabies in India Credit: Heath Veterinary Clinic