September 9, 2011
SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 - As more area becomes accessible to
responders in Bastrop County, the number of animals arriving at the
Veterinary Emergency Team triage center continues to increase.
Beginning last night and continuing this morning, VET members are
working to expand the size of their operational base to accommodate
the animals that are brought in by animal control officials.
"We are still seeing a large number of domestic animals such as
dogs, cats, and horses," said Dr. Wesley Bissett, assistant
professor of large animal clinical sciences and director of the
VET. "We have also seen some livestock and are beginning to see
some small wild animals."
Bissett noted that due to the location of this wildfire and the
area that it is affecting, the team has been prepared to see all
kinds of animals and provide triage services so that these animals
can better receive the treatment and shelter they need.
"It has been a true team effort in dealing with the animal side
of this response effort," said Bissett. "It is a distinct pleasure
for our team of faculty, staff, and students to be able to work
alongside such experienced and professional teams from the Texas
Department of Emergency Management, the Texas Animal Health
Commission, Texas Task Force-1, the Travis County Animal Control
team, and the Bastrop County Sherrif's Office, as well as the
Livestock Control Officers of Bastrop County. We are glad that we
are able to support their efforts through our service."
As the battle to contain the Bastrop County wildfire continues,
Bissett and the members of the VET will continue evaluating and
assessing the needs of not only the animals in the area, but the
needs of VET members, with decisions potentially being made on the
need to expand the size of the team and/or to rotate members into
and out of the area.
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