|Veterinary Student Coordinates Race for Rabies|
Jennifer Moreno, third year veterinary student at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, coordinated a 5K Race for Rabies on Sept. 8, 2007, in support of the first World Rabies Awareness Day.
The event was sponsored by SCAVMA, the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association for the Veterinary Center.
Company sponsors donated various prizes that were awarded to the participants. Diamond donated food, Hill’s provided two iPods and food, Iams donated food, Intervet assisted with the shirts, and Nestlé Purina donated food and products.
Approximately 27 runners and 5 dogs participated in the run held at Boomer Lake. Dr. Kristy Bradley, Oklahoma State Public Health Veterinarian, was on hand to speak to the runners about the importance of rabies prevention.
Human rabies is 100 percent preventable. However, an estimated 55,000 people die from rabies worldwide. The majority of victims are children and nearly all those affected live in poverty. Proceeds totaling $790 were donated to The Alliance for Rabies Control.