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Clinic Spotlight


Wandermere Animal Hospital


Since 2017, Wandermere Animal Hospital in Spokane, Washington has been supporting Rabies Free Africa. We asked co-owners Dr. Carrie McCorkle and Dr. Sherri Moore what drew them to the program and why they continue to support.

Co-owners Dr. Carrie McCorkle with her dog Ruday, and Dr. Sherri Moore,  with her dog Fiona

Why is being involved with Rabies Free Africa important to you?
We were shocked when we heard the statistics about rabies cases in Africa. Living in a first world nation and especially a region of the country with very low rabies cases, you tend to forget that it is still a major issue and cause of death in other parts of the world. We figured if we as veterinary professionals, who actually talk about rabies and vaccines with our clients daily, didn't realize the impact the virus was having in Africa, then your average person sure isn't going to.  We wanted to join the fight and conversation to get education out to the public and to monetarily help the program where we could.

In todays climate of self centered "me first" attitudes, I think it's especially important to step back and ask "how can I help make the world be better". There are so many causes to fight for and no one can support them all, but we can chose one or two and find a way to contribute.


How is your clinic involved with the program?
Our clinic donates $1 for every rabies vaccine we administer to the Rabies Free Africa Campaign. We also try to pass along information about the program through social media.

Do you have any personal experience with rabies?
Thankfully no. We've been vaccinated ourselves and been in situations where we were bit by unvaccinated dogs but never had to go through prophylaxis injections. Ultimately we live in an area of the country where the overall risk is very slim because it is only endemic in our bat population. We have had to send off a few bats for testing, however when a client's pet (or they themselves) were exposed.  

What do you do when you are not at the clinic?
We are lucky to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where we can enjoy hiking, kayaking, and so many outdoor activities! 

Anything else you would like to share?
Another interesting thing about our clinic is that we are entirely female owned and operated! We started our clinic with Dr. Linda Wood in August of 2005. She is now enjoying retirement. Dr. Sherry Moore just became a grandmother for the first time (yes, to a human child). Dr. Carrie McCorkle is getting a new wirehaired pointer pup in early December, her first puppy in over 17 years! We also have an associate veterinarian Dr. Sara Shaw.

If your veterinary clinic is looking for additional information on how to promote Rabies Free Africa at your office, contact Christie Cotterill at 206-219-2402 or rabiesfreeafrica@wsu.edu.

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Useless Bay Animal Clinic

David Parent is the co-owner of Useless Bay Animal clinic in Freeland, Wash. We asked him why he supports Rabies Free Africa.  

We at Useless Bay Animal Clinic are committed to Rabies Free Africa. We can’t change the world, but we can tackle one disease at a time and rabies is a great place to allocate our resources. We can actually see the difference we make.
 
We contribute one dollar to Rabies Free Africa for each rabies vaccine we administer. We also have a donation jar (but not during Covid when clients aren’t allowed in the building) so clients can contribute on their own. Some are very generous and I get asked a lot of questions about the Rabies Free Africa program and why we participate.
 
I worked in lemur research in Madagascar and I was twice stalked at night by dogs I was sure had rabies. We worked in a very remote area and I heard of at least one child who died months after a dog bite. I also visited Kenya and discussed rabies with our friends who live in a village outside Nairobi. They had first-hand experience with the disease.
 
When I am not at the clinic I enjoy spending time with family and leading birding field trips. I get out into the mountains as often as possible for cross country hikes, mountaineering and enjoy backcountry telemark skiing wherever there is snow.

Dr. David Parent with a bald eagle

Garland Animal Clinic

Steve Boharski and April Weber, both DVM alumni from WSU, have owned Garland Animal Clinic in Spokane, WA since 1999. In 2017, they started supporting Rabies Free Africa with a $1 donation for each rabies vaccine administered at the clinic.  

Why is being involved with Rabies Free Africa important to you?
It is important for us to give back to help with health issues across the world.  We are blessed in this country to be able to do incredible medicine, surgery and preventative care on our pets.  Our pets get better health care than many people in the world. Giving something back to the Rabies Free Africa is a small part of what we can do to improve health care throughout the world for pets and people.
 
How is your clinic involved with the program?
We give a direct contribution monthly depending on the number of rabies vaccines we give in the clinic.  Each invoice has a note that a portion of the fee will be contributed to Rabies Free Africa.  This helps engage client also.

What do you do when you are not at the clinic?
I enjoy almost all things outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Spending time with my family at the lake, skiing, fly fishing, hiking, bird hunting and travelling.
 
Anything else you would like to share?
If each of us find a way to give a little back, we will make the world a better, safer, and healthier place.  Giving time, talent or treasure lets each of us contribute in some way. Programs like Rabies Free Africa allow us to affect lives across the world.

Drs. Steve and April Boharski

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.

Dr. Nottingham with a Border Collie

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."

 

Dr. Benoit and Gooch the yellow lab

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.

Dr. Rob McMonigle