Rabies Challenge Fund (US)
The Rabies Challenge Fund is a tax-exempt charitable trust founded by Kris L. Christine (pictured) which is financing concurrent 5 & 7 year canine rabies challenge studies at The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine to determine the vaccine's long-term duration of immunity in dogs according to the USDA vaccine-licensing guidelines upon which state laws are based.
The goal is to provide the scientific data to enable states to extend their mandated boosters to 5, and then to 7 years.
World-renowned veterinary vaccine research scientists Dr. W. Jean Dodds, Co-Trustee of the fund, and Dr. Ronald Schultz, Principal Investigator conducting the studies, have both volunteered their time to this effort. As part of the studies, Dr. Schultz intends to establish the world's first canine rabies titer standard. With the exeption of IRS filing fees and directors' insurance, all funds donated to The Rabies Challenge fund go directly towards financing the studies.
The Rabies Challenge Fund has been successfully involved in passing rabies legislation in the United States to conform to the national 3 year protocol, and continues to assist in efforts to pass rabies medical exemption legislation for pets deemed by a veterinarian to be too ill to be vaccinated. All principals of The Rabies Challenge Fund, the webmaster, and friends are volunteers striving to ensure that rabies laws in the United States are based upon current, credible scientific data.