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Veterinary Public Health

North Carolina's Veterinary Public Health program focuses on the control and prevention of communicable diseases that can be passed from animals to humans. These diseases are known as zoonotic (animal-borne) diseases. Rabies is by far the most prevalent reportable zoonotic disease in animals in North Carolina. However, people can catch other illnesses such as salmonellosis and E. coli infection from animals as well.

Animal welfare programs, such as the North Carolina Spay Neuter Program are administered by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Veterinary Division, Animal Welfare Section.

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