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UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team MRC ( 1393 )

The Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) was formed in 1997 after the Yuba County floods. The unit functions as a source of veterinary response in horse or large animal accidents, technical large animal rescue, including equine helicopter rescue, and veterinary disaster and emergency response for Yolo or adjacent counties. The Mission of VERT is three fold: 1)teaching/training in disaster response, rescue methods, hosting Disaster and Emergency Symposiums, 2) Research- develop protocols, develop equipment, create local and national guidelines, 3) Service-individual horse rescue, disaster response resource, Disaster Service Worker. Voluteers are UC Davis veterinary faculty, veterinary residents, veterinary students, UC staff. We coordiante with Yolo county Animals Services, Yolo County OES, UC Davis OES other agencies upon request including Yolo County Sherrif, Fire Depts, California Veterinary Medical Association, and humane organizations. We have responded in Yuba county floods (1997), Hurricane Floyd, Yuba fires, Yolo County fire of 06 (1200 burned sheep), Animal control individual or herd inspections, horse airlifts: Sierra Neveda Mountains, Auburn, Bishop,ca, Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center, San Diego county equine airlifts with US Navy, Air National Guard airlift training, Felton Fire dual teaching responsibilities on animal rescue at UC sponsored symposium. Developed the UC Davis Anderson sling for rescue and airlift and the UC Davis Large Animal Lift for horse extraction and lifting. Conducting trainings for first responders in loose livestock in public places, equine rescue, emergency sheltering of companion animals veterinary aspects, and community veterinary emergency response team formation.

Community/Jurisdiction Served:

Sacramento County , Yolo County

Jurisdiction Notes :
Can respond to other areas with mutual aid requests via OES.

Sponsoring Organization:
School of Veterinary Medicine - UC Davis


Unit Information:
1 Shields Drive
Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Davis, CA 95616

Contact Information:
John Madigan
1 Shields Drive - Tupper Hall

(530) 304-1212
Davis, CA 95616

Unit Volunteers (64 Total) :
Volunteer Type Count
Physicians 2
Physician Assistants 0
Nurse Practitioners 1
Nurses 0
Pharmacists 2
Dentists 0
Veterinarians 10
Mental Health Professionals 0
EMS Professionals 1
Respiratory Therapists 0
Other Public Health/Medical 8
Non-Public Health/Non-Medical 40

Recent Activities:

9/1/2013 - 9/1/2013
Reorganization of VERT Team with Student Disaster Club.

6/19/2013 - 6/19/2013
Meeting with representatives from Cal EMA Special Operations, UC Davis Fire, US&R Task Force leadership, UC Davis IAWTI to discuss pilot training programs for Northern and Southern CA US&R Task Force members.

5/7/2013 - 5/7/2013
Provided presentation to the Contra Costa County VOAD on the importance of including the animal component in emergency planning. Discussed MRC opportunities to include the veterinary component and points of distribution for people and animals.

5/5/2013 - 5/9/2013
Participated in a Train the Trainer Swift Water Rescue Training with CA US&R task force teams as observers. Discussed training needs for the animal aspect of search and rescue for companion animals, livestock and working dogs.

4/9/2013 - 4/9/2013
Hosted meeting with Mark Ghirladucci, Secretary of State of CA. Toured School of Veterinary Medicine, provided briefing of grant activities, trainings, statewide stakeholder meetings and discussed training opportunities with the US&R teams.