Subchapter C. RABIES VACCINATION


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16.41.    Rabies vaccination required.
16.42.    Persons authorized to administer vaccine.
16.43.    Revaccination.
16.44.    Vaccination certificate and tag.
16.45.    Production of certificate of vaccination required.
16.46.    Certificate required for out-of-State dog or cat.
16.47.    Grace period for State-licensed nonprofit kennels.

§ 16.41. Rabies vaccination required.

 A person living in this Commonwealth owning or keeping a dog or cat over 3 months of age shall have the dog or cat vaccinated against rabies under the act and this chapter.

§ 16.42. Persons authorized to administer vaccine.

 Rabies vaccine shall be administered only by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. An owner of a State-licensed private or breeding kennel and an operator of a State-licensed nonprofit kennel who has been examined and certified by the Department under Subchapter D (relating to certification of owners and operators of State-licensed kennels) may administer rabies vaccine to a dog or cat which is owned by the private or breeding kennel or which is in the possession of the nonprofit kennel.

§ 16.43. Revaccination.

 A dog or cat over 3 months of age shall be vaccinated to maintain immunity against rabies by the administration of a USDA licensed vaccine, including vaccines producing immunity lasting 3 years, in accordance with instructions prescribed by the manufacturer.

   (1)  A dog or cat vaccinated when under 1 year of age shall be revaccinated no later than 1 year later.

   (2)  A dog or cat vaccinated when over 1 year of age with a vaccine producing immunity lasting 3 years shall be revaccinated no later than 3 years later and at least every 3 years thereafter.

   (3)  A dog or cat vaccinated with a vaccine producing immunity lasting less than 3 years shall be revaccinated no later than 1 year later.

§ 16.44. Vaccination certificate and tag.

 A veterinarian shall issue a certificate of vaccination and a vaccination tag for each dog or cat vaccinated by the veterinarian or vaccinated under his supervision. A certificate of vaccination may be transferred to a new owner. The vaccination tag shall be a metal tag that is approximately 1 square inch in area that can be attached to an animal’s collar or harness and that is indelibly marked with the year of the rabies vaccination.

§ 16.45. Production of certificate of vaccination required.

 A person owning or keeping a dog or cat over 3 months of age shall, upon request of a police officer or State dog warden or designated municipal animal control officer, produce within 48 hours a valid certificate of vaccination. A certified owner and operator of a State-licensed kennel shall present records required under §  16.63(5) (relating to vaccination requirements) as proof of rabies vaccination.

§ 16.46. Certificate required for out-of-State dog or cat.

 A dog or cat over 3 months of age brought into this Commonwealth shall be accompanied by a certificate of vaccination.

§ 16.47. Grace period for State-licensed nonprofit kennel.

 A State-licensed nonprofit kennel is not required to vaccinate a dog or cat received by the kennel for a period of 10 days from the date received.



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