All hazards, all animals, all the time

By Connie Orcutt • Published: October 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

Whether protecting animals from hurricanes and infectious disease outbreaks, or rescuing them from accidents and hoarders, members of the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service, or VETS, live up to their concept of “all hazards, all animals, all the time.”

VETS was formed by the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in cooperation with the State Veterinarian’s Office and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association after the college participated in missions during the state’s 2004 hurricane season. The college is a key member of the State Agricultural Response Team, which responds to emergency animal and agricultural disasters.

An all-volunteer force of UF-based veterinarians, staff and students, VETS can deploy up to to twenty team members at any given time along with enough food, fuel, rescue equipment, and medical supplies for several days.

All equipment and training for the noble work of VETS is made available through grants and donations.