Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that can infect humans, pets, livestock and wildlife. Preventing the disease in animals provides the best means of protection to humans.
Under Indiana law, all dogs, cats and ferrets older than 3 months of age must be vaccinated against the rabies virus. State law allows the use of 1-year and 3-year vaccines according to approved label directions. (NOTE: Some localities throughout the state may have stricter local laws.) The vaccine must be administered by a licensed and accredited veterinarian only.
Who to call?
County Health Dept.
State Health Dept.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
(317) 232-4200 or
For Veterinarians and Local Health Officials
Updates to Indiana's Rabies Control Program: Veterinary Advisory (28 August 2017)
The 2016 rabies compendium as well as guidelines for exposure are available at: www.in.gov/boah/2809.htm
Indiana State Department of Health: Animal Bites Report Form
Rabies Sample Submission Form
NOTE: Only the Rabies Laboratory at the Indiana State Department of Health can run the test for rabies in an animal in Indiana.