F.S.A. § 585.69

FLORIDA STATUTES ANNOTATED

TITLE XXXV. AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE, AND ANIMAL INDUSTRY

CHAPTER 585. ANIMAL INDUSTRY

PART II. ANIMAL DISEASE INSPECTION, CONTROL, AND ERADICATION

Current through End of 1994 Sp. 'D' Sess.

§585.69. Rabies vaccination of dogs and cats

(1) All dogs and cats 4 months of age or older shall be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian against rabies with a United States Government-approved vaccine. The cost of vaccination shall be borne by the animal's owner.

(2) A dog or cat shall not be required to be vaccinated against rabies if a licensed veterinarian has examined the animal and has certified in writing that at such time vaccination would endanger the animal's health because of its age, infirmity, disability, illness, or other medical considerations. Such exempt animal shall be vaccinated against rabies as soon as its health permits.

(3) Upon vaccination against rabies, the licensed veterinarian shall provide the animal's owner and the animal control authority with a rabies vaccination certificate which shall contain, but not be limited to, the following information:

(a) A serialized certificate. (b) The name, address, and phone number of the owner. (c) The date of vaccination. (d) The expiration date of the vaccination. (e) The species, age, sex, color, breed, weight, and name of the animal vaccinated. (f) The rabies vaccine manufacturer. (g) The vaccine lot number. (h) The type and brand of vaccine used. (i) The route of administration of the vaccine. (j) The signature of the licensed veterinarian.

(4) The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall develop a standardized vaccination certificate form to be used by licensed veterinarians for all dog and cat rabies vaccinations administered on or after January 1, 1995. The department shall provide these certificate forms to licensed veterinarians at cost.

(5) Violation of provisions enacted pursuant to this section shall be a civil infraction, punishable as provided in s. 828.27(2).

(6) Nothing in this section shall prohibit or limit municipalities or counties from enacting requirements similar to or more stringent than the provisions of this section for the implementation and enforcement of rabies control ordinances.

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