Saturday, February 06, 2016

Veterinary Emergency Teams

Back to News Stories
Veterinary News Network Pet Story of the Week

Whether itís a tornado, flood or even a bomb, disasters are never easy situations.  Yet, for every catastrophe, we see a wide variety of first responders who put themselves in harmís way to help us.  Sleuth has just found out that veterinarians and veterinary technicians are also among the first to go into areas of damage.  See what he learned about Veterinary Emergency Teams!

1)    People arenít the only victims during natural disasters or even during man-made calamities.  Pets and other animals are often injured or lost, requiring medical attention and shelter.

2)    Veterinary Emergency Teams are groups of volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians and others who go into disaster areas with several purposes.  Of course, one main goal is to provide medical care for animals that are hurt.

3)    In addition, Veterinary Emergency Teams can assist overwhelmed animal control officials or help local veterinarians who have sustained damage to their practices.  These teams will bring needed supplies and expert assistance.

4)    We are all familiar with the roles search and rescue dogs have during disastersÖthe veterinary teams will provide support to these amazing animals.

5)    By being on the ground right after catastrophes, Veterinary Emergency Teams can also provide vital assessment and monitoring of the environment.  This role can help prevent zoonotic disease outbreaks and even protect our food and water supply.

6)    Although a National Veterinary Response Team has been established, many states and even veterinary colleges have also created their own volunteer groups.  This allows multiple teams to deploy to different areas when the need arises.

7)    The Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (the ďPETSĒ Act) requires that states include animals in their sheltering and evacuation plans.  Veterinary Emergency Teams help insure that these standards can be met.

8)    No matter where you live, some sort of natural or man-made disaster has the potential to occur.  Pet and livestock owners should be prepared with evacuation kits and a plan to keep the whole family together.

9)    Ask your veterinarian about the ideal items for your petís evacuation kit.  They can help you with additional medications, important vaccination history and medical records and other items that will be needed.

10)    Sites like can provide you with accurate and unbiased pet health information.