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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Did you know?

As of September 22, 2023, thirty-two rabid bats have been found so far this year in Los Angeles County.


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

Quick Tips and Rabies Educational Materials (to share with family, children and friends)

Consejos rápidos y materiales educativos sobre la rabia (para compartir con familiares, niños y amigos)

Testing Animals for SARS-CoV-2 in Los Angeles County
has your pet been exposed to COVID?
We are offering free testing of animals for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

It is estimated that about 40% of dogs and cats end up becoming infected when their owners are infected.

Testing is for both domestic and wildlife animals in LA County and pets arriving to LA International Airport (LAX).

For more information about this testing, please visit here.
2022 Rabies Control & Animal Disease Reporting Manual
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Rabies-related incidents and animal diseases are reportable by law to the Department of Public Health. 

Explore the 2022 Rabies Control and Animal Disease Reporting Manual for Veterinary Facilities in LA County
Pet Rescue and Disease Prevention

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  In response to natural disasters and international events, 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
Tracking West Nile Virus in Dead Birds
  crow   Due to the department's emergency response to COVID-19, followed by the arrival of HPAI H5N1 in birds, dead bird testing by VPH was suspended in March 2020. 

Please continue to report dead birds in Los Angeles County to the State of California's West Nile Virus program here or by calling 877-968-2473.

Watch this video to learn more about dead bird reporting.

Keeping Pets Safe in the Heat
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As the temperature heats up, don't forget to keep your pets cool!

Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe in the heat. 

Remember to never leave a pet alone in a parked car!
For Pet Owners


Keep the whole family healthy.

 Click here to
learn more.

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