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Partner Clinic Highlights
Alpine Animal Hospital in Pullman, Washington has been supporting the Rabies Free Africa program since 2019. The clinic is owned by Dr. Ashley Nichols and Dr. Jennifer Ronngren.
Why is being involved with Rabies Free Africa important to you?
We were proud to partner with Rabies Free Africa when we purchased Alpine Animal Hospital in January 2019. This program provides a critical service to protect human life via animal vaccination, which is in line with Alpine's basic philosophies of preventive care. Veterinarians have a duty to advocate on behalf of an animal for their health and wellbeing, but we are also directly responsible for One Health goals of preventing zoonotic disease and protecting human health by supporting animal health.
How is your clinic involved with the program?
We donate $1 for every rabies vaccination administered in our hospital. Our clients receive notice of this donation when their pet receives a rabies vaccination, and are encouraged to learn more about the Rabies Free Africa program.
Do you have any personal experience with rabies?
Thankfully, we have high rates of pet vaccination in our area and have not diagnosed a case of rabies at our hospital since becoming owners. We have had 1 or 2 suspects, which was reinforcement enough about the serious hazard that rabies represents to veterinary professionals, but also to individuals living in communities where rabies transmission is more prevalent.
What do you do when you are not at the clinic?
Outside of clinical hours at Alpine, we both work "behind-the-scenes" to progress our staff's training and knowledge, expand our services, and continually improve the standard of care offered to our patients and clients. In our free time, Dr. Ronngren enjoys gardening and traveling with her husband, while Dr. Nichols enjoys camping trips with her husband and children.
Anything else you would like to share?
We are proud to both be graduates of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Go Cougs!!
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If your veterinary clinic is looking for additional information on how to promote Rabies Free Africa, contact Christie Cotterill at 206-219-2402 or email@example.com.