Antibody Titer Tests: A Video Featuring Ron Schultz, PhD
Dr. Ronald D. Schultz’s Saving Lives with Antibody Titer Tests webcast, recorded in September, 2011, is RACE approved for professional continuing education (CE) for vets, vet techs and Certified Animal Welfare Administrators. We urge anyone wanting serious, up-to-date information on using blood antibodies titer testing to prevent unnecessary vaccination to watch this excellent video produced by Maddie’s Institute and featuring from one of the world’s top experts.
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Thanks to Dr. Schultz and Maddie’s Fund for granting us permission to post this.
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Maddie’s InstituteSM is pleased to be able to offer CE credit to veterinary professionals. In order to qualify for CE credit we ask that individuals attend and participate in the entire program and score 70% or greater on a post-test. Note: The RACE CE expires two years from the live event (which was September, 2011).
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Thank you so much for posting this important interview!
Yes, and also remember titer tests come back incorrectly saying too low of antibodies and they tell you to vaccinate again. If they do this, RUN, because blood work is often incorrect, even with humans, and I know many clients that have actually had titers done, were told they came in low, needed to vaccinate again, they told their vets no way, that they would wait 30 days & run titers again. They all went back and the titers came back normal. Thank God they didn’t listen to their vet and do the vaccines!
There really isn’t a “normal” when it comes to antibody titers. Some are high and some are low. And the titer numbers are not on a linear scale as are most lab test results. Titers are tested using serial dilutions of serum such a 1 (straight; no dilution), 2, 4, 8, 16 and so on. A titer of 4 is theoretically twice as strong as 2 and a titer of 8 is theoretically twice as strong as 4. To confuse matters further, there is subjectivity involved in making those dilutions which is accounted for by giving any result a +/- one dilution grace. For example, a result of 4 can be interpreted as either 2 or 4 or 8. The important thing to remember is that most vets want to re-vaccinate at titer levels that do not warrant re-vaccination. I just attended a Dr. Schultz seminar and he stated that any Distemper titer of 4 or greater and any Parvo titer of 20 or greater is protective and no re-vaccination is warranted. That is much lower than what most vets re-vaccinate at.