Mission Rabies Leads the Pack in Dog Vaccinations in India
Teams of vet volunteers set out to vaccinate 50,000 dogs in 12 Indian cities in 30 days.
Yet most people in the country are intimately aware of the disease: An Indian child dies of rabies every hour, in nearly every instance from a dog bite.
That shocking statistic galvanized British veterinarian Luke Gamble, a 37-year-old Ironman triathlete and black belt in karate, whose career was destined when his mother gave him a book by James Herriot.
Ten years ago, Gamble founded the World Veterinary Service (WVS), a nonprofit to improve animal welfare in far-flung places by providing supplies, disaster response, and training.
Until now, WVS had never tackled a pandemic like rabies.
Gamble assembled a team of more than 500 volunteers—veterinarians, vet nurses, and vet students from 14 different countries, together with Indian vets and local men trained