Updated October 2013
The following is a compilation of state laws governing the administration of rabies vaccinations to domesticated animals.
Most states specifically regulate the administration of rabies vaccinations to domesticated animals including dogs, cats, and ferrets. Many states allow only licensed veterinarians to administer the vaccine, while others allow veterinary technicians and specifically trained individuals to inoculate these animals.
The required frequency of rabies vaccinations varies from state to state. Some states prescribe a specific interval, while others refer to the label of the vaccine used or the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control. Some states are also beginning to provide exemptions for vaccination requirements if medically necessary as determined by a veterinarian.
Click on the link below to view a summary of each state's laws on rabies vaccinations.
State Rabies Laws (PDF)
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: Tara Southwell, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779.