Veterinary Public Health

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Contact Information
Veterinary Public Health Program
313 N Figueroa St. Rm 1127
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel (213) 288-7060
Fax (213) 481-2375
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As of October 11, 2019, forty-five rabid bats have been found in Los Angeles County.


When was rabies first detected in Los Angeles County?
How many rabid animals did we have last year?
Click here to learn all about LA County rabies statistics.  

Pet Safety in the Heat
Small photo of two dogs walking on leash in sun  
Whether your pet stays indoors or outdoors, it is important to keep them safe from the
summer heat.

Quick Tips: How to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy in the Heat English / Spanish 7.3.2019

Learn more about how to protect your pet when the temperature rises. 7.25.2017

Teaching Children about Pet Safety and Pet Health
Picture of children petting dog on the sofa with parent   It is very important to teach children how to safely interact with animals and to consider the health of both children and pets in the family.  Promoting responsible pet ownership and treating animals with compassion are the foundations for a successful relationship between children and pets. 

Click here for resources and activities that can be used to teach children about pet health and safety.  5.8.2019
Tracking West Nile Virus in Dead Birds
  crow   So far in 2019, thirty-one birds have tested positive for WNV in Los Angeles County. 10.3.2019

How to report dead birds in Los Angeles County

Please report dead birds in Los Angeles County to either the State of California's West Nile Virus program at 877-968-2473 or to our program at 213-288-7060. Watch this video to learn more about dead bird reporting.
Virulent Newcastle Disease in Backyard Chickens
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Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND), a serious disease in poultry, has been detected on multiple premises in Los Angeles County.  VND is not a food safety concern.  Properly cooked poultry products and eggs are safe to eat. 

CDFA Update - VND Quarantine Still in Effect 9.18.2019

CDFA Update on VND as of July 2, 2019 7.2.2019


CDFW Guidance for the intake, rehabilitation and release of free-ranging wild bird species 4.16.2019

CDFA VND Quarantine Guidance Letter for Animal Control Agencies 4.12.2019


Notice of VND Regional Quarantine Affecting Bird Owners: Effective 9PM February 27, 2019 2.28.2019

CDFA - VND Update: Quarantine Boundaries

 Modified in Southern California 2.28.2019

VND Regional Quarantine Map 2.28.2019

Recommendation to Cancel California Poultry   Exhibitions That Include Birds From Counties Affected with Virulent Newcastle Disease 1.23.2019

As of February 27, 2019 - All poultry in Los Angeles County have been placed under state quarantine.  The quarantine also includes parts of neighboring counties and includes poultry products, poultry materials and non-poultry species.  Reporting of sick birds is mandated, movement of birds is prohibited and all exhibitions must  cease.   This quarantine is necessary to stop the spread of VND in birds. 
 Learn more about VND. 2.28.2019
Cannabis & Pets
Picture of cannabis oil and marijuana plant leaf   In California, it is illegal to give cannabis or cannabis products to pets. There is currently very little research on the safety of cannabis pet products. Click here for more information on cannabis & pets. 10.16.2018

Please report cases of cannabis toxicity in pets to help us identify potentially poisonous products.

Cannabis Toxicity in Pets Reporting Form
Pet Rescue and Disease Prevention
dog looking through a fence In response to Hurricane Harvey, animal rescue groups based in Los Angeles County have saved hundreds of animals. When bringing rescued pets into Los Angeles County, it is possible to unintentionally bring in disease as well. Learn more about how to prevent the spread of disease when rescuing pets. 9.21.2017
For Pet Owners


Keep the whole family healthy.

 Click here to
learn more.

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