Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
Disasters threaten health – for both humans and animals. National Veterinary Response Teams (NVRTs) provide expert veterinary care, treating ill or injured pets, companion animals, service animals, working animals (including security animals), laboratory animals, and livestock impacted by natural and technological disasters, acts of terrorism, disease outbreaks, and during certain national special security events. NVRT team members appreciate that animals are integral to communities as they respond to and recover from a disaster.
NVRTs are made up of modular teams, deploying only those people and assets needed to help the impacted community. Teams include small animal medical treatment task force, large animal medical treatment task force, working dog treatment task force, and customizable multi-squad treatment teams.
Animal health and human health are intertwined. From disasters to large events, NVRTs may be called on to provide a wide range of services, such as:
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