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RHD vaccinations for pet rabbits on 24 June

RHD vaccinations for pet rabbits on 24 June

15 June 2006

Rabbit owners in the Auckland region can get their pets vaccinated against Rabbit Haemorraghic Disease (RHD - formerly called RCD or calicivirus) for just $8.50 each, on Saturday 24 June from 12 to 3pm, at the following locations:

AnimalZ Vet Clinics:

- Esmonde Rd, Takapuna (Corner Eldon St)
- 128 Mt Wellington Highway
- 520 Te Atatu Rd
- 75 St Lukes Rd

ARC Biosecurity Team Leader Frank Pavitt says the ARC is offering this service to rabbit owners in the Auckland region to encourage them to vaccinate their pets.

"After discussions with rabbit owners and vets over the past two weeks, we have designed a programme to suit pet owners, which significantly reduces the normal cost (up to $45) to $8.50.

"It's an extremely good deal. All rabbit owners should take advantage and gets their pets vaccinated," Mr Pavitt says.

Members of the public can call the ARC Contact Centre on 366 2000 or visit our website www.arc.govt.nz if they require further information.

Although RHD was illegally introduced in 1997, the Environmental Risk Management Authority, the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Group of the NZ Food Safety Authority and the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee have all assessed the disease as being safe for all other animals.
The disease occurs worldwide and is commonly used as a control method in many countries. RHD is rated the most humane rabbit control method currently available.

"The virus is already common and is spreading naturally throughout New Zealand. The ARC has listened to the opinions of rabbit owners, and provided a solution that I believe is a win-win for all," Mr Pavitt says.

The RHD virus being used is identical to that currently naturally widespread in New Zealand. The disease is not a new strain or different to the existing disease.

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