Update on Dr. Robb – The Hero
New legislation is being debated to permit vets to vaccinate according to protocols determined by science as opposed to what manufacturers decide to put onto labels.
I recently wrote an article, This Vet is in Trouble for being Ethical when Dr. John Robb of Bridgeport, placed on probation by the Connecticut Veterinary Board was recently. He has been fighting for this legislation to be passed for the welfare of our pets.
A very important point to consider is that the laws with regard to these vaccines are based soley upon the pharmaceutical company’s labeling. So if pharma says it’s ok, the government basically accepts it – basically a form of the honor system. These laws work to the advantage of corporations while they should be based upon unbiased work of experts.
The Connecticut’s H.B. 5659 bill was introduced in January 2017 by state representatives Fred Camillo and Pam Staneskiare. The bill would protect Connecticut veterinarians who choose to vaccinate dogs in a way that minimizes the dangerous vaccine effects (including serious long term damage as well as death). Here is an article with a description of the bill:
The bill would allow Connecticut veterinarians to do two things: “(1) vary from established protocols when in the best interest and health of an animal, and (2) administer a rabies antibody titer (a blood test used to estimate antibody levels) to determine the need for a rabies booster vaccine.”
If the bill is passed, Connecticut would be the nation’s first state to permit titer testing for rabies antibodies in lieu of revaccination.
Dr. Arnold Goldman, co-chair of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association’s Government Affairs Committee, stated, “As practicing veterinarians, not immunologists or vaccine researchers, we are in no position to question efficacy or manufacturers’ directions for a FDA-approved vaccine product on a size-dependent, case-by-case basis or on any other basis. It would be the height of hubris to suggest we can.”
My interpretation of that statement:
Goldman is stating that although vets are not immunologists or vaccine researchers, they are not in a position to administer vaccines in ways that the manufacturers state on the label despite research performed by non-biased immunology and vaccine scientists that are not affiliated with the manufactures.
Who is Dr. Goldman?
He is a great man; he was a four-time recipient of competitive AVMF (American Veterinary Medical Foundation) project grants, and innovated many of its programs. I’m being sarcastic. The AVMF is supported by the pet food industry and the pharmaceutical industry (and Dr. Goldman). It is not a far leap to surmise where his loyalties lie.
His statement above sides with the pharmaceutical industry – not with science and animal welfare.
CVMF is partnered with the CVMA (Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association). Their members consist of veterinarians and veterinary technicians who “donate their time and expertise to help lessen the likelihood people will be exposed to Rabies through their pets.“
WAIT!!! How can a person contract rabies from a pet? A dog would have to be bitten (with fluid transferred) in order to contract rabies. It is more likely that a person would contract rabies from a rabid animal (the beginning of the proverbial chain). How many pets are in contact with rabid animals? It is far fetched to imagine that the purpose for vaccinating our pets is to protect humans. Most of us are under the impression that the vaccines prevent DOGS themselves from contracting rabies. The CVMA Rabies clinics support CVMF in that a portion of the proceeds are donated to support CVMF programs.
WAIT!!! Goldman a chairman on the board of directors of the CVMF. I smell a conflict of interest here.
The CVMF has a Rabies Immunization Program. While technically not a CVMF program, the CVMA Rabies clinics support CVMF by donating a portion of the clinic proceeds to support all CVMF programs. They state that this program prevents our pets from transferring rabies to humans. WAIT!!! That doesn’t sound like protecting dogs from getting rabies.
The AVMA holds conventions each year. This event SHOULD be an opportunity for veterinary professionals to gather unbiased information for learning. However, many presenters are corporations which have booths to supply professionals with their newest products. There are also corporate sponsors for lectures. So what that have anything to do with it? Well, if a vaccine manufacturer is in bed with the AVMA and other veterinary organizations, it is understandable that the AVMA would handle legislation in a way that would be in the best interest of the vaccine manufacturer to keep their profits up.
The work of Dr. Ronald Schultz and Dr. Jean Dodds who are renowned veterinary experts in immunology AND vaccinology make it clear that Goldman’s opinion is way off and that Dr. Robb’s methodology is valid. They have done an enormous amount of research on the subject. Schultz’s and Dodds’s work is responsible for the change in protocol from the 1 year rabies to 3 year rabies (both of which are the same with exception to the numbers printed on the label).
There are certainly conflicts of interest. It boils down to money. It is likely that Dr. Robb has so many obstacles with regard to vaccine dosing because of people how are on the higher tiers of veterinary organizations like the AVMA and the CVMF. Goldman has a lot of power. It is a pity that many people who have high positions in such organizations would be more influenced by corporate greed when the focus should be on caring for our pets.
An excellent article to check out is Conflicts of Interest in the Veterinary Profession.
Let’s hope that this bill is passed and that the rest of the country will follow.See my articles Are Dog Vaccines Really Safe? and Vets Cash in on Vaccines (which includes a in-depth interview with Schultz about vaccines which a vast number of conventional vets ignore). Animal Wellness magazine also has a great article Should Small Dogs Receive The Same Amount Of Vaccine As Big Dogs?
“Conn. bill permits veterinarians to alter vaccine protocols, dosages – VIN.” Conn. bill permits veterinarians to alter vaccine protocols, dosages – VIN. State of Connecticut General Assembly, Jan. 2017. Web. 26 Feb. 2017. <http://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=43849>.
Siciliano, Stephen. “Conn. bill permits veterinarians to alter vaccine protocols, dosages – VIN.” Conn. bill permits veterinarians to alter vaccine protocols, dosages – VIN. The VIN News Service, 21 Feb. 2017. Web. 26 Feb. 2017. <http://news.vin.com/vinnews.aspx?articleId=43849>.