National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people are bitten by dogs every year, according to the AVMA. The majority of these bites happen to children—and most are preventable with a little bit of knowledge!
As part of National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17–23), OVMA has partnered with animal safety expert Dr. Michael Cornwell to raise awareness. We invite you to use the following resources to educate your clients on how to avoid dog bites.
Dog Bite Prevention Fact Sheet — Made available free of charge by the OVMA Public Education Committee, veterinarians may download and print this educational fact sheet to display in their hospitals and distribute to clients.
Animal Safety is Fun! — Developed by OVMA Member Dr. Michael Cornwell, this fun, live-action, video-based kit will teach children how to avoid dog bites. Veterinarians and other animal care professionals may purchase this kit to use in school presentations, community outreach programs, safety town programs and more.