I agree with Ms. Shower's letter last week stating that the $5 cost of a rabies vaccination at the public clinic does not cover the costs involved in administering the shot. Obviously, it does not. Anyone who has their pet cared for by a vet understands the costs of running an office, not to mention the educational requirements for the vet. Veterinarians deserve to be well rewarded. I am glad to employ a vet that we trust.
However, the statement that the myriad costs listed by Ms. Showers: "one-year vaccine, syringe, needle, cost of tag, vaccine storage, technical support wages, veterinarian's time, cost of the license and continuing education needed to maintain the license to be able to administer the vaccines, the liability insurance necessary to participate nor the time both veterinarians, their staff and administrative help lost with their families" make it sound like each rabies shot should cost hundreds of dollars just to break even! (Is that list a little over the top?) Maybe then we would be offered a three-year certificate. The three-year and one-year vaccines are identical in cost, and the vaccine is also the same, according to numerous sources.