The Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is overseen by IAWTI and is a volunteer group of faculty, students, and staff who are interested in emergency and disaster response. VERT is primarily a training entity for disaster and emergency related veterinary response and preparedness. VERT has been activated on a local basis for assistance in declared states of emergency or animal emergencies when additional expertise is needed for technical rescue. VERT is a volunteer organization and does not maintain a 24/7 availability. VERT is focused on training others including students, fire service personnel, animal services, and animal emergency response teams in all aspects of animal related disasters including evacuation training, animal sheltering, triage, medical evaluation and treatment of injuries related to fire, flood, and technical large animal rescue. VERT has helicopter equine rescue expertise and has created protocols for animal airlift.
VERT is available for consultation with professionals for emergency technical rescue advice.
VERT is a recognized and fully functional Medical Reserve Corps. (www.medicalreservecorps.gov/HomePage)