Veterinary medical students are at higher risk for exposure to rabies and tetanus than the general population. Therefore, all students enrolled in the College of Veterinary Medicine are required to be immunized against rabies and tetanus. Those who have not been immunized prior to enrollment in the college will be provided with the opportunity to be immunized by the Student Health Center during their first year. Students who are previously immunized for rabies are required to show proof that they have a protective titer of 1:5 or greater by RFFIT. Serum samples will be collected during the second year to determine if the student has a protective titer for rabies; those whose titer is insufficient will receive a booster vaccination. Students are responsible for the cost of pre-exposure immunization and serology. Costs for post-exposure rabies prophylaxis will be the responsibility of the student.
Students must have had a Tdap or Adult Td in the past 10 years to be considered vaccinated for tetanus.
Policy approved by the Dean, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and Directors on January 13, 2010 and revised December 11,2013.