The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team is committed to building on the strong legacy of service that is a core value of the Texas A&M University System. The team has one of the most active outreach commitments in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. This commitment is focused on personal, professional, and community emergency preparedness and response. In addition to the response and educational service activities outlined above, the team also provides services to our citizens through the following activities:
The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team has maintained an aggressive outreach program aimed at transferring emergency preparedness and response knowledge to the citizens, veterinarians, and emergency response officials of the State of Texas. The primary outreach mechanism used has been conference presentations and exhibits, veterinary medical association meeting presentations, and participation in emergency planning meetings.
In addition, the members of VET serving on the Community Connections rotation team work with students to partner with community leaders in emergency preparedness efforts at the county level. This requires that students and instructors travel to partnering communities for meetings with emergency management officials and community leaders. This process involves multiple web-based conferences with community leaders. The end result is that our students receive an exceptional educational experience and a Texas community becomes better prepared to protect and respond to the needs of animals during times of disaster.
The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team has had a particular focus on the Panhandle region and has participated in two major exercises with a third scheduled and multiple planning meetings. This focus is based on the importance to the state of the cattle feeding and dairy industries centered in the area. This effort has been successful and yielded a unique partnership between industry, emergency management officials, and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Personal Preparedness Plan
Veterinary Practice Preparedness Plan
“Working with the VET has added a tremendous amount of depth to our plan and answered questions we only thought we had answers to. Because of the work done by the VET, I am confident we have an animal issues plan that will serve Parker County and the state of Texas well.”
Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator, Parker County, Texas