Journal of
Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health

  • Abbreviation: J. Vet. Med. Anim. Health
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2529
  • DOI: 10.5897/JVMAH
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 368

Full Length Research Paper

Assessment of public knowledge, attitude and practices towards rabies in Debark Woreda, North Gondar, Ethiopia

Nigatu Yalemebrat
  • Nigatu Yalemebrat
  • School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, Ethiopia.
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Tilahun Bekele
  • Tilahun Bekele
  • School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, Ethiopia.
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Moa Melaku
  • Moa Melaku
  • School of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 10 July 2016
  •  Accepted: 26 September 2016
  •  Published: 30 November 2016


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