Canine Connection: UTM Alum Developed the Vaccine to Fight Parvovirus

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Vaccines are all over the news today, but they’ve played an important role for centuries – both for humans and their canine companions.

In 1979, a parvovirus epidemic was affecting dogs across the nation until a University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) alum and a Tennessee microbiologist developed a vaccine to fight the virus. Ten years earlier, Dr. Bob Page was a student at UTM with the intention of becoming a farmer, but he switched to veterinary medicine. By the time the deadly epidemic struck, Page had a vet clinic in Dresden. He worked with John Black, a state microbiologist, to develop and sell the first vaccine to prevent parvovirus in dogs.

Today, the vaccine, known as NEOPAR, is still sold through Page’s West Tennessee-based company, NeoTech, LLC, and is considered the gold standard for vaccines to prevent the deadliest gastrointestinal disease in dogs and puppies.

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