All Creatures Animal Hospital
Since 2016, Sig Nottingham, Coe Lindner and Eileen Lindner - all DVM alumni from WSU - have been giving $1 for every rabies vaccination administered at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Puyallup, Wash. For Nottingham, it is just one of the many ways he can support human health from the veterinary half of medicine.
It’s also a way to back the One Health mission - the premise that human health is directly tied to the health of animals and the environment. “Sixty-thousand people die from rabies and it is preventable through mass-dog vaccination,” Nottingham said. “I have always thought human medicine could use veterinary medicine more than they do. This is a way for veterinarians to directly impact human health.”
Nottingham said veterinarians will always aid human health by identifying zoonotic diseases but combating those diseases is the next step. “It is a difficult time right now for everybody and some clinics are struggling but people can’t forget about the impact they can make,” he said.
Southcare Animal Medical Center
Greg Benoit, DVM, a 1990 Cougar alumnus and owner of the hospital, joined Rabies Free Africa in January 2017. The clinic has donated $1 for every rabies vaccination they've administered since. "When WSU's Dr. Guy Palmer first visited with me about the number of human deaths, mostly children, due to rabies I was shocked" Dr. Benoit said. "A completely preventable disease that we have known how to prevent since the 1880's. It definitely struck a chord with me and our entire staff, this was a mission we all could get behind. It is also a cause that resonates with our clients."
McMonigle Veterinary Hospital
Rob McMonigle, a 1998 Cougar alumnus and owner of the hospital, joined Rabies Free Africa in 2016. Since that time, the clinic has donated $1 for every rabies vaccination at the clinic, or about $400 to $500 every quarter when the vaccinations are tallied.
"It only takes about five minutes out of your practice manager's day to pull the numbers and post something on social media," McMonigle said. "It just makes sense. There's no real hard work involved and you have the potential to save a life."
In 2019, McMonigle Veterinary Hospital donated $1,754 to eliminate rabies in East Africa.
"I can put myself in their shoes in an instant and know the problem shouldn't exist," McMonigle said." Even though I haven't seen rabies firsthand, it's important to do something whether it's in our backyard or theirs.