Public Health Region 1 Zoonosis Control


The Zoonosis Control Program promotes public health through the prevention and control of diseases that are transmissible between animals and man.  

Department of State Health Services, PHR 1 
Zoonosis Control
6302 Iola Ave. 
Lubbock Texas 79424 
Phone: 806-783-6422 
Fax: 806-783-6466

Department of State Health Services, PHR 1
Zoonosis Control
P.O. Box 60968
WTAMU Station
Canyon Texas 79016
Phone: 806-477-1104
Fax: 806-655-6448

For Zoonosis Control related questions, please contact  Karen McDonald in the Lubbock office or Tonya Finch, in the Canyon office, Questions may also be directed toward Communicable Disease Manager Heather Martinez in the Lubbock office.

Services Provided 

The Zoonosis Control Program works in liaison with local, federal, and other state agencies concerned with the control of zoonotic diseases. Besides rabies, the zoonoses of importance in Public Health Region 1 include West Nile virus (WNV); Q fever; hantavirus; plague; and tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and ehrlichiosis.  

Our duties include the following:

  • Consult with and advise physicians, local government officials, other state agencies, and the general public on all aspects of zoonotic disease and animal control issues

  • Investigate all reported occurrences of notifiable zoonotic diseases in humans and animals 

  • Assess the potential for human or animal exposure to rabies, and make recommendations to health care professionals, veterinarians, and patients for preventive treatment, testing, or observation

  • Maintain a supply of the human anti-rabies biologics (vaccine and immune-globulin) for post-exposure prophylaxis of suspected rabies exposures

  • Perform field surveillance work, including the collection of arthropods (fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, etc.) and vertebrates

  • Provide basic training and continuing education classes for animal control officers as mandated by state law

  • Present educational programs to medical and veterinary personnel, media, government officials, other public health entities, and the general public on the subject of zoonotic disease  

  • Inspect rabies quarantine facilities (approved animal shelters and contracted veterinary clinics) on an annual basis to assess compliance with State regulations  

  • Participate in special projects (i.e. Oral rabies Vaccination Program) and other disease outbreak investigations in cooperation with other DSHS programs and local health departments

Other PHR 1 Zoonosis information is available at:

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Last updated April 4, 2018