KAR 2:070. Rabies control.
TO: KRS 258.005-258.085, 258.990(1), (2)
AUTHORITY: KRS 211.090, 258.035, 258.075, EO 2004-726
FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: EO 2004-726, effective July 9, 2004, reorganized the
Cabinet for Health and Family Services and placed the Department for Public
Health under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. KRS 258.005 to 258.085
and 258.990(1) and (2) authorize the cabinet to administer a statewide rabies
control program. This administrative regulation establishes uniform procedures
for the diagnosis, prevention, and control of rabies.
1. Brands and Types of Approved Vaccine. The Cabinet for Health and Family
Services hereby approves all brands and types of antirabies vaccine approved by
the United States Department of Agriculture administered in accordance with the
manufacturers' instructions; except only vaccines certified to induce at least
three (3) year immunity shall be used in mass immunization clinics sponsored by
local health departments.
2. Vaccination Schedule. The vaccination schedule for all dogs, cats, and
ferrets shall be as follows:
All dogs, cats, and ferrets four (4) months of age and older shall be
vaccinated against rabies.
Dogs, cats, and ferrets initially vaccinated shall be revaccinated one (1) year
after the initial vaccination regardless of the type of vaccine used or age of
the animal at the time of vaccination.
Thereafter the period of time required for revaccination shall be dependent upon
the type of vaccine administered. The date of expiration shall be indicated on
the vaccination certificate. The current revaccination recommendations of the
National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc. may be utilized
in determining expiration dates of vaccines.
3. Vaccination Certificates. Vaccination certificates shall provide the
information found on the National Association of State Public Health
Veterinarians NASPHV #51. Certificate information may be handwritten on a reproduction
of the NASPHV #51 or it may be computer generated.
4. Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Brought into State. All dogs, cats, and ferrets
brought into Kentucky shall be vaccinated against rabies and have a currently
valid rabies vaccination certificate. Reciprocity with other states is granted
if the vaccine is U.S. Department of Agriculture approved and administered by a
veterinarian licensed in that state.
5. Destroying an Animal Exhibiting Positive Signs of Rabies. If a dog, cat, or
ferret is ordered to be destroyed and tested for rabies pursuant to KRS
258.085(1)(b), it shall be killed in a manner as to preserve the brain intact.
The animal shall not be shot or clubbed in the head. Wild animals suspected of
rabies shall be sacrificed and their heads submitted to the laboratory
6. Sending Heads of Ownerless Animals to the Laboratory. If the ownership of a
rabies suspect animal is unknown, the expense of forwarding the head of the
animal to the laboratory shall be borne by the local health department.
7. Rabies Vaccination Permits for Owners of Dogs. (1) The Cabinet for Health
and Family Services shall issue permits to owners of dogs to vaccinate dogs
owned by them upon satisfactory passage of an examination prescribed by the
Current permit holders may renew their permit annually if initially renewed by
December 31, 2004.
New permit holders shall pass a written examination that shall be administered
immediately following an instructional course on rabies laws and vaccine
administration. This course and examination will be provided annually in
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall forthwith revoke any permit
issued under this administrative regulation upon finding that the permittee had
vaccinated dogs not owned by him.
Permits issued under this administrative regulation may be renewed each year
unless suspended, revoked or cancelled. Failure to renew between January 1 and
February 28 of each year shall result in cancellation.
8. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "National Association of State Public
Health Veterinarians NASPHV #51 (2004)" is incorporated by reference.
This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright
law, at the Department for Public Health, 275 East Main Street, Frankfort,
Kentucky 40621, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDS-7-1; 1 Ky.R. 188; eff. 12-11-74; Am. 5 Ky.R.
262; eff. 11-1-78; 31 Ky.R. 630; 945; eff. 11-17-2004.)