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UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team MRC ( 1393 )

The Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) MRC 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. Volunteers are UC Davis veterinary faculty, veterinary residents, veterinary students, as well as trained non-veterinary students and staff. We coordinate with Yolo County Animal Services, Yolo County OES, and other agencies upon request including Yolo County Sheriff, fire departments, California Veterinary Medical Association, and humane organizations. We have responded in Yuba County floods (1997) and fires, Hurricane Floyd, Yolo County fire (2006). We actively conduct research to improve response awareness and performance. We developed the UC Davis Anderson sling for rescue and airlift and the UC Davis Large Animal Lift for horse extraction and lifting. We have provided horse airlift response and drills (Sierra Nevada Mountains, Auburn, Bishop, Marine Mountain Warfare Training Center, San Diego County equine airlifts with US Navy, Air National Guard airlift training). We conduct training for first responders in equine rescue, loose livestock in public places, emergency sheltering of companion animals and veterinary integration into multi-agency responses.

Community/Jurisdiction Served:


Sacramento County , Yolo County

Jurisdiction Notes :
Can respond to other areas with mutual aid requests via OES and fire departments and veterinarians.

Sponsoring Organization:
School of Veterinary Medicine - UC Davis


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

Contact Information:
Patricia Andrade
One Shields Avenue
(805) 705-0882
Davis, CA 95616

Unit Volunteers (65 Total) :
Volunteer Type Count
Physicians 2
Physician Assistants 0
Nurse Practitioners 1
Nurses 0
Pharmacists 2
Dentists 0
Veterinarians 11
Mental Health Professionals 0
EMS Professionals 1
Respiratory Therapists 0
Other Public Health/Medical 8
Non-Public Health/Non-Medical 40

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