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*UPDATE* Veterinary Emergency Team Continues Efforts in Bastrop

SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 - The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team is continuing their response effort in Bastrop, and have now moved their base of operations closer to the front line on the southeast side of the community. Their continuing mission is providing support and care for search and rescue dogs belonging to Texas Task Force-1, as well as triage for animals brought in from areas that have been cleared for animal control officials to enter.

"We now have both of our response trailers in operation," said Dr. Wesley Bissett, assistant professor of large animal clinical sciences at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. "In addition, we have a field service vehicle available which allows us to be more flexible in our response. Primarily we continue to see small animals with burn injuries, but we are prepared for whatever comes our way. We are beginning to rotate some of our staff this weekend, and will have three new veterinary medical students joining our efforts."

Bissett noted that a response to animals in the midst of a disaster this size is only possible through organized cooperation, coordination, and teamwork. Dr. Terry Hensley, assistant executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, agrees with Bissett.

"We are glad we have such a reliable partner in the CVM VET," said Hensley. "Our organizations have a variety of skills that complement each other in our shared mission of addressing the needs of animals in disaster situations."

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