Australian bat lyssavirus - information for vets

Chief Veterinary Officer update
Serology confirming adequate seroconversion is no longer required.

This means blood samples do not need to be taken at the time of the first vaccination, nor a second sample 21 days after the second vaccine dose. Consequently the third consultation (to take the second blood sample) is no longer necessary. 

An updated application form (PDF, 103KB) for CVO approval to use the rabies vaccine for ABLV prophylaxis is available to download.

The ABLV information for veterinarians will be updated shortly.

The ABLV- information for veterinarians includes:

  • information about Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV)
  • laboratory submission of bats
  • options for managing the risk of ABLV infection in animals that have had contact with bats or other potential sources of ABLV
  • how to get authorisation to purchase rabies vaccine.

ABLV - information for veterinarians (PDF, 451.3KB)

Who can use the rabies vaccine?

Any registered veterinarian can apply to the Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for case-specific approval to order and administer the rabies vaccine in Queensland for post-exposure prophylaxis following potential exposure to ABLV.

Veterinarians accredited by the Australian Government must not administer the rabies vaccine for ABLV prophylaxis without case-specific CVO approval as required by APVMA permit PER 14236.

Only veterinarians who are accredited by the Australian Government and who are familiar with the federal process for live animal export may order, administer and certify rabies vaccination for rabies prophylaxis in preparation for export from Australia.

Find an Australian government accredited veterinarian.

Apply to use the rabies vaccine for ABLV risk management

Submit an application (PDF, 103KB) to use Nobivac inactivated rabies vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis following potential exposure to ABLV.

Submit your application by email or fax to (07) 3087 8328.

Last updated 01 July 2016