Veterinary Specialty Care Rabies Update Notification

To all veterinarians, animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitators, police officers, animal control officers, good Samaritans, and SC DHEC,

This notification is to inform you that the Veterinary Specialty Care hospitals located in Mt. Pleasant and Summerville, SC, will no longer allow rabies reservoir animals into our facilities as of November 15th, 2020.  This includes raccoons, foxes, skunks, bobcats, bats, coyotes, wolves, wolf dogs/hybrids, weasels, civet cats, and lynx.  We have adopted this position in order to reduce health risks to our staff members. 

If there is an imminent human health threat due to a person being bitten or scratched by a rabies suspect animal (domestic or wild) we will work in conjunction with DHEC to provide humane euthanasia and decapitation for rabies testing.  Prior to receiving services from our hospital, an Animal Incident Report (form 1799) must be submitted to the local DHEC office notifying them of the incident details (RabiesCharleston@dhec.sc.gov,  office: 843-953-0150, Fax: 843-202-7050).  There will be fees associated with these services that are the responsibility of the party that is seeking the test results (person that was bitten/scratched or potentially exposed to the rabies virus).   The concerned party must be present at the hospital (even if another party is transporting the rabies suspect animal) or be available over the phone so that they can take financial responsibility for the requested services.  No rabies suspect animal will be permitted within either VSC hospital prior to fees being collected.    

The fee for decapitation of a deceased rabies suspect animal is $475

The fee for humane euthanasia and decapitation of a rabies suspect animal is $600

**DHEC will not pay for these services**

In the event that the person with potential rabies virus exposure is unwilling or unable to have these services provided through Veterinary Specialty Care, Clemson Extension offers specimen services in situations where testing is a priority. The person(s) in possession of the deceased animal would be required to contact with the Clemson Extension Laboratory Receiving (803-726-7831) allowing staff to determine if the laboratory could accept an animal, what charges would apply and what processes should be followed. It will be the responsibility of the person requesting the service to contact and coordinate with the laboratory, bring the animal to the laboratory, follow any handling or delivery protocols and pay for any charges required for a specimen to be prepared. As mentioned before, prior to contacting Clemson Extension an Animal Incident Report (form 1799) must be submitted to the local DHEC office notifying them of the incident details to allow for the coordination of testing and notification by DHEC laboratories.

Laboratory Location: 500 Clemson Road Columbia SC 29229 (Take exit 80 off of I-20 onto Clemson Road heading North for approximately 1.5 miles on right.)

Hours: M-F 8am-4:30pm

Website: (https://www.clemson.edu/public/lph/cvdc/

If there is a concerned citizen that needs assistance with a possible rabid animal or nuisance wildlife, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has a comprehensive list of Wildlife Control Operators that can be accessed at https://dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/nuisance.html

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Dr. Jeremy Libby

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