Big Animals Require Big Plans: Preparing Herds And Large Animals For Disasters

Preparation is always key in any type of emergency response, but this is especially true when taking care of large animals in a disaster situation. Unlike household pets, which can usually be relatively quickly and easily transported, moving large animals can take time, which is usually in short supply during a disaster.  According to Dr. […]

Take Action Now To Prepare Pets For Evacuation

When a disaster strikes, there’s often not much time to prepare yourself, let alone your pets, to evacuate to a safe location, and the stress of the situation only compounds the likelihood of forgetting something important. That’s why the best way to deal with a disaster is to plan ahead as much as possible. In […]

Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team Continues To Serve Texas And Beyond Despite Recent Challenges

Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) director Dr. Wesley Bissett should have known it was going to be a unique year when the team’s first 2020 deployment was to the Texas A&M University campus itself. In March, the team helped organize the COVID-19 response for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), putting to […]

Texas A&M Entities Participate In 2021 Operation Lone Star Emergency Response Exercise

Like with many things in life, the best way to prepare for an emergency response is to practice. Last week, Texas A&M University entities including the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Texas A&M Health Science Center (Texas A&M Health) practiced their emergency response as part of Operation Lone […]

Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team Unveils New Evacuation Trailer Donated By Banfield Foundation

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) has a new vehicle in its fleet that will expand the team’s capabilities by allowing it to evacuate animals from areas most heavily impacted by disaster. The 28-foot trailer is a donation from the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is the second vehicle the group has […]

VET Returns Home From Month-Long California Deployment

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) and agents from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension returned home on Saturday after a month-long deployment to Butte County, California, where the team cared for more than 500 animals displaced by the ongoing wildfires. The animals were spread across three shelter locations, each with a variety of medical […]

Veterinary Emergency Team, Agrilife Extension Deploy To California To Assist With Wildfire Relief

Nine members of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) and six agents from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be deploying to Butte County, California, on Saturday to help care for animals displaced by the ongoing wildfires. The VET deployed to the same area in December 2018 to provide oversight on sheltering, inventory […]

Harveigh’s Heroes Fund Upholds Aggie Tradition Of Selfless Service

A legacy of selfless service that started years ago during one natural disaster continues to help animals in need at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVMBS) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). The most recent recipient of this support is a donkey named Jordan injured by the Onalaska tornado this spring. […]

Texas A&M VET Returning Home After Texas Spared Worst Of Hurricane Laura

BEAUMONT, TEXAS, Aug. 27, 2020—After assessing Jefferson County for their veterinary medical needs following Hurricane Laura’s landfall, the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) is returning to College Station. According to VET director Dr. Wesley Bissett, Jefferson County could not have handled their disaster preparedness any better. “The VET deployed to Jefferson County based on […]

Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team Heading To Jefferson County To Support Laura Recovery

Fifteen members of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) and six Texas A&M AgriLife agents will be serving Jefferson County residents affected by Hurricane Laura, which is projected to make landfall along the Texas coast. Team members will leave Bryan-College Station on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 27, to Jefferson County, Texas, where they […]


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