The Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is a volunteer group of faculty, students, and staff who aretrained in emergency and disaster response.

VERT is primarily a training entity for disaster and emergency related veterinary response and preparedness. As part of the training and in response to societal needs VERT has been activated on a local basis for assistance in declared disasters, as well as animal emergencies when additional expertise is needed for technical rescue. 

Horse Day
UCD-VERT Community Outreach at the 2018 Horse Day


VERT is focused on training others including veterinary professionals, students,  first responders such as fire service and  animal services personnel, 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 has also performed demonstrations and training to community members on disaster preparedness at community events including County Fairs, 4-H Outreach, UC Davis Horse Day and more.

Mock incident
VERT training of veterinary students (sVERT) with UC Davis Fire Department


Display of the HALTER Project at the 2020 Sonoma
HALTER Project display at The Youth Agriculture and Animal Science Field Day 2020 
VERT Display at Sonoma 2020
VERT was invited by the HALTER Project for the outreach activity at The Youth Agriculture and Animal Science Field Day 2020 

VERT Outreach at Sonoma Fair
VERT,  invited by the HALTER Project, trained community members how to rescue a down horse at Sonoma County Fair 2019


VERT has partnered with the HALTER Project - Leading Residents to Safety and Preparedness in outreach activities. These include training of first responders and to communities in disaster preparedness.