Originally published 9/7/17. Updated 2/3/18.

The American Animal Hospital Association is pleased to introduce the first online (mobile-ready) version of the Canine Vaccination Guidelines. By converting to a web-based format, the Canine Vaccination Task Force is enabled to provide timely updates on vaccination recommendations, references, and newly licensed biologics for use in dogs in clinical practice and shelters in the United States and Canada.

The guidelines were prepared by a task force of experts convened by the American Animal Hospital Association. The information in this website is intended as a guideline only, not an AAHA standard of care. These guidelines and recommendations should not be construed as dictating an exclusive protocol, course of treatment, or procedure. Variations in practice may be warranted based on the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations unique to each individual practice setting. Evidence-based support for specific recommendations is cited whenever possible and appropriate.Other recommendations are based on established immunological principles, practical clinical experience, and expert consensus. Further research is needed to document some of these recommendations. Because each case is different, veterinarians must base their decisions on the available scientific evidence in conjunction with their own knowledge and experience.

Variance between manufacturer recommendations as they are published in the product Package Insert and Task Force recommendations occasionally occur. In each case, Task Force recommendations have been reviewed with the appropriate manufacturer(s).

AAHA Canine Vaccination Task Force

Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, DACVIM and DACVPM (Hon), Lead Editor
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Laurie J. Larson, DVM
Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

Kent D. McClure, DVM, JD
General Counsel, Animal Health Institute

Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, DACVM (Hon)
Emeritus Professor of Immunology, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

Link V. Welborn, DVM, DABVP, Chair
Tampa Bay Animal Hospitals,
Correspondence: guidelines@aaha.org

Contributing Reviewers

Catherine M. Brown, DVM, MSc, MPH (Massachusetts Department of Public Health)
Anthony E. Cascino, Jr. Attorney at Law (Cascino & Assoc, P.C.; Chicago, Illinois)
Leah A. Cohn, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (University of Missouri)
Dr. Kurt De Cramer, BVSc MMedVet (Gyn), PhD (Rant en Dal Animal Hospital Mogale City, South Africa)
Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD (Maddie’s Shelter Program, University of Florida)
Michael J. Day, BSc, BVMS(Hons), PhD, Diplomate ECVP (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
Cynthia Delany, DVM (University of California, Davis)
Brian DiGangi, DVM, DABVP (University of Florida)
Kelli Ferris, DVM (North Carolina State University)
Laurel Gershwin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM (University of California, Davis)
Douglas C. Jack, Solicitor (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto, Canada)
Linda Janowitz, DVM (Peninsula Humane Society)
Lila Miller, DVM (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New York City)
Susan Moore, MS, PhD, Director KSVDL Rabies Laboratory (Kansas State University)
Kris Otteman, DVM (Oregon Humane Society)
Apryl Steele, DVM (Chief Operating Officer, Dumb Friends League)
Brenda Stevens, DVM (North Carolina State University)
Amy Stone, DVM, PhD (University of Florida)
Jane Sykes, BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (University of California, Davis)

These guidelines were sponsored by a generous educational grant from
Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck Animal Health, and Zoetis.


These guidelines were subjected to a formal external review process.