Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Disasters threaten health – for both humans and animals. The National Veterinary Response Teams (NVRTs) provide expert veterinary care to service animals, including security animals, during disasters and certain national security events.
The NVRT members include veterinarians, animal health technicians, epidemiologists, safety specialists, logisticians, communications specialists, and other support personnel. They are deployed to supplement federal, state, local, tribal and territorial resources at the request of local authorities.
Animal health and human health are intertwined. No matter whether it is a disaster or just a large event, protecting the health of animals helps to keep everyone safe. NVRTs may be called on to provide a wide range of services, such as:
Every emergency or special event is different – and so is every NVRT. NVRTs are modular and deploy only those people and assets needed to help the community.
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