The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has updated its Global Vaccination Guidelines, which set out the latest scientific thinking on the vaccination of dogs and cats globally.

The updated version includes a revised definition of ‘core’ vaccines, a new section covering maternal antibody (MDA), and updated sections on current and emerging topics in canine and feline clinical vaccinology and on the use of vaccines in shelters and sanctuaries.

Dr Mary Marcondes, Chair of WSAVA’s Vaccination Guidelines Group

Dr Mary Marcondes, Chair of WSAVA’s Vaccination Guidelines Group (VGG), said they’re thrilled to announce the publication of the 2024 WSAVA Global Vaccination Guidelines.

“They are the culmination of several years’ work by the VGG and provide the very latest thinking on vaccination practice for dogs and cats.

“We hope that the scientific evidence embedded within the Guidelines will ensure that they are a valuable and practical resource for veterinarians worldwide and that they will contribute to the welfare of companion animals globally.”

Dr David Sutton, Global Technical Director at MSD Animal Health, said they are proud to support the work of WSAVA’s VGG and these important new Guidelines which will help prevent the spread of infectious disease and further the wellbeing of small companion animals.

“Evidence-based scientific vaccination guidelines are essential to ensure optimum vaccine practice for dogs and cats.”

The VGG has also produced sets of Regional Vaccination Guidelines for veterinarians in Asia and Latin America and is currently undertaking a four-year project to boost understanding of infectious disease across Sub-Saharan Africa and to advise veterinarians on optimal vaccination practice.

The VGG is a team of experts from around the world, working to provide evidence-based scientific advice to the global veterinary profession on the vaccination of dogs and cats. It comprises Dr Mary Marcondes from Brazil (Chair), Dr Richard Squires (Australia), Dr Cynda Crawford (US) and Dr Nathaniel Whitley (UK).

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