The vaccination controversy that’s long been debated among the veterinary medical community is playing out in Connecticut courts, re-igniting the issue of over-vaccination in cats and dogs.
Dr. John Robb, veterinarian and founder of Protect the Pets, has filed a law suit against Banfield the Pet Hospital for unlawful termination as the charter veterinarian of its Stamford practice. The countersuit is the latest development in the ongoing court case against Dr. Robb by Banfield the Pet Hospital to remove him as the Stamford charter veterinarian on the grounds that he breached their charter agreement terms; citing his vaccine protocol as not meeting their approved standard of care.
During his practice as the veterinarian there, from August 2008 – December 2012, Dr. Robb exercised his discretionary right as a veterinarian, administering half-dose vaccinations and forgoing yearly booster shots in appropriate cases to prevent adverse reactions and diseases that have been linked to over-vaccination.
Over-vaccination has been suspected by the veterinary medical community for over forty years. Studies done over that past two decades showed yearly vaccinations administered for such diseases as rabies, parvovirus and distemper were linked to an unexplainable increase in diseases including cancer, thyroid, neurologic and autoimmune diseases. Recent studies also suggest that there may be life-long immunity to diseases after vaccination in early years (like in humans), and that re-vaccination boosters may not be necessary at all.
Dr. Robb is among countless veterinarians around the world who have changed their vaccination protocol and who believe over-vaccination is a serious issue that needs more attention and research. Since his case began in December 2012, he has received support from other veterinarians and leading experts, including world-renowned outspoken pet advocate and author Dr. Patricia Jordan, and clinical researcher Dr. Jean Dodds. Dodds has been researching the adverse effects of vaccinations in cats and dogs for over 25 years and provided a declaration as testimony in Dr. Robb’s case. The declaration detailed how Banfield makes their vets choose between their jobs and their Hippocratic Oath to do no harm by forcing them to follow their outdated, harmful vaccination recommendations. She also presented testimony supporting safe administration of ½ dose vaccinations in smaller dogs.
In 2010, the American Animal Hospital Association released updated vaccination guidelines recommending less frequent vaccinations for cats and dogs: every three years for rabies and other core vaccinations. But critics like Dr. Robb say it’s not enough. Practices like administering half-doses in small dogs and cats and titer testing to measure immunity are grossly neglected and under-researched.