WSU vaccinates dogs to help eradicate rabies from Africa

Dr. Guy Palmer isn’t kidding when he says he got his start in veterinary medicine doing grunt work at a rabies research lab.

The only way to diagnose the deadly virus is to examine an animal’s brain. So Palmer’s job in 1974 was to pick up shipments of dog, skunk and cow heads at the bus depot and cut them open with a hacksaw.

Canine rabies was rare in the United States even back then, and has since been effectively wiped out.

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