The MVMA is offering a low dose, off-label rabies vaccine to members and staff as a more affordable option for pre exposure vaccines. The rabies vaccine will be offered in a 3 shot series at 0.1mL intradermally. Low dose intradermal injections of rabies are suggested currently by the WHO for pre-exposure as an alternative to the intramuscular injections. Please see the dosage guidelines for pre-exposure vaccines from the WHO here (page iiii). You may also find additional information about the low dose protocol in the CDC article, “Perspectives: Intradermal Rabies Preexposure Immunization.” 

Mari Sawai, ND will be administering all vaccines. The MVMA is offering this low dosage vaccines series due to most insurance companies in the state not covering pre-exposure vaccines for veterinarians and veterinary staff. In order to ensure that you have adequate immune response to the low dose vaccine, we strongly recommend that you have your rabies titer checked 8 to 12 weeks after your last injection. The MVMA will be holding a blood draw for titer testing in February or March of 2019 (more details to come). If you know that you have a poor immune response or you are immune compromised, we do not recommend the low dose vaccine. If you have questions about whether the low dose vaccine is appropriate for you, you should contact your PCP. This is offered to MVMA members and their staff only at this time (see "Eligibility" below).

If you wish to receive the full 1mL vaccine, please contact Katherine Soverel ([email protected] or 1-800-448-2772, ext. 1) for availability and pricing.



For those who have never received the vaccine, the full series will be offered:

  • November 7, 2018, 4pm - 6pm
  • November 14, 2018, 4pm - 6pm
  • November 28, 2018, 4pm - 6pm

Individuals who have received the vaccine in the past and need a booster can use the form below to sign up for the booster on November 28th between 4pm and 6pm. You may drop in at any time during that period if you are registered for the booster.

Prior to November 7th, registrants will be sent a 15 minute time slot when they should come during each session. Once a vial of the vaccine is opened, it must be used, which means that it is important that everyone shows up at their given time slot. It also means that there will be no refunds and no flexibility to reschedule. 

If you are unable to register on the form that means that it is sold out. Please email Katherine Soverel ([email protected]) to sign up for the wait list. If you do not make it off the wait list, we are planning another clinic in the spring. 


All three dates will be at Colab in Gardiner (149 Water Street). Parking is available at the side of the building. Please arrive 5 minutes early to complete paperwork.


At this time, the low dose vaccines are only available to MVMA members and their staff. Members can register up to two staff through the form below, or staff can contact Katherine Soverel ([email protected] or 1-800-448-2772, ext. 1) to register directly. If members want to register more than two staff members, they can do so by contacting Katherine Soverel. Please note: Staff may only be registered from hospitals where all doctors are MVMA members.

If you are a veterinarian who is not an MVMA member, but would like to participate, you can become a member today for 2019 and receive immediate membership. Sign up to be an MVMA member here.

Click here to register