News & Events
Every month brings a new challenge and opportunity for IAWTI and VERT
October 2020 -sVERT and VERT members deployed to aid in Glass Fire in Napa Valley Horseman. Fire spread to the area of Napa County, Sonoma County, and Wine Country.
September 2020 - sVERT and VERT members deployed in response to Northern Complex fire which burned in Plumas National Forest, Plumas County and Butte County. Burn patients were also treated in the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
September 2020 - Renee Raffatta gave a presentation on incident command system (ICS) to incoming sVERT members. For more information, please visit: https://training.fema.gov/nims/
September 2020 - Dr. Grant Miller introduced California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CAVRMC) to sVERT and talked about future involvement with the organization. Handbook: https://cvma.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/CAVMRC-MASTER-HANDBOOK_10-2019.pdf
August 2020 - sVERT and VERT members deployed to help with the LNU Lightning Complex fire across Northern California, which was recorded to be the largest California fire in history. The fire burned over 300,000 acres of land including vineyards and farmland. The UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital also provided medical treatment to over 1000 burned animals from the fire.
March 2020 - VERT & MRC veterinarian and sVERT faculty member Dr. Lais Costa talks about large animal emergency flood response. She has real life experience in this topic and shares her personal stories during the difficult time.
February 2020 - Dr. Lorraine Thompson-Barbosa and Responder Specialist Scott Bull from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) discuss the preparation for and response to oil spills that affects California wildlife population.
October 2019 - Sonoma Country requests the assistance of UC Davis VERT to address animal rescue and welfare efforts during the Kincade fire spread across three different evacuation centers. Student VERT members are deployed to help under the guidance of Drs. John Madigan and Lais Costa.
August 2019 - Dr. Rick Arthur, the equine medical director at the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis and at the California Horse Racing Board, provided an update on the status of horse racing in California. His expertise in horse racing injuries, regulation, drug testing, anabolic steroids, medications, veterinary procedures, and pre-race veterinary examinations was insightful.
June 2019 - Awards in Chico https://emsa.ca.gov/awards_nominations/ The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team accepted a commendation by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority for their help in animal response and rescue during the Camp Fire.
May 2019 - Sac zoo: https://www.saczoo.org/2019/05/saying-goodbye-to-beloved-giraffe-goody/ VERT aided in the final humane procedure for “Goody” ,the giraffe, in the Sacramento Zoo. The staff team along with VERT worked together to ensure the safety of workers and comfort of Goody through the whole process.
December 2018 - Texas A&M Animal Emergency Rescue visited UC Davis https://vetmed.tamu.edu/vet/ Dr. Welsey Bissett, director of Veterinary Emergency Team of Texas A&M, came to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to talk to VERT about the deployment for Camp Fire.
October 2018 - Camp fire https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/fire-updates VERT and sVERT was deployed to the Camp Fire in Butte County. Members conducted medical treatment to burn victims and established shelters for animals that were displaced. Created a novel passport identification system to keep a record of the companion animals housed at local shelters.
April 2018 - Director and Principal Scientist, Safety Assessment Pathology, Department of Development Sciences of Genentech, Dr. Noel Dybdal, came to discuss the opportunities for continuous improvement of veterinary support in disaster response.
October 2017 - https://leadership.ucdavis.edu/news/barta-uc-davis-2017-conference VERT and sVERT attended the BARTA (British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association) Conference in UC Davis campus and learned about providing advice, direction, training, and accreditation for those performing animal rescue and trauma care.
October 2017 - VERT and sVERT volunteers deploy to Sonoma County fire zone.
https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/news/uc-davis-school-veterinary-medicine-wildfire-assistance-activities VERT was deployed out to the Tubbs Fire to aid in disaster response. Students and faculty played an active role in rescuing, relocating, and reuniting animals from the fire. VERT teamed up with experts to rescue koi fish from burned surrounds and gave them shelter.
September 2017 - IAWTI associate, volunteer and sVERT student participate in a 3 day outreach event in the Fire and Safety tent at the Auburn Home Show.
September 2017 - Jim Green and Dr Claudia Sonder plan and implement the large animal rescue component of the 2017 Urban Shield exercise held in Alemedia County. https://issuu.com/themodernequineveterinarian/docs/equinevet_oct2017_final/13
June 2017 - VERT awards certificates of completion to 68 sVERT Specialized Study Program veterinary students.
May 2017 - Jim Green presented at the annual California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps meeting in Sacramento.
May 2017 - Jim Green met with Jim Danner (LARRCO), Tony Ward (Resquip) and Candace Aguilar (SVM Clinical Skills Lab technician) to discuss innovative life like animal models for training responders and veterinarians.
April 2017 - IAWTI team Dr. John Madigan, Dr. Eric Davis and Jim Green each present at Ranch Readiness Day in Sonoma.
April 2017 - IAWTI associates Dr. Tricia Andrade and Dr. Aki Tanaka each present three disaster preparedness and response abstracts and attend four days of professional development at the 20th World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine Congress in Toronto.
April 2017 - Jim Green, IAWTI associate, Dr. Tricia Andrade, and sVERT club members displayed information table, equipment and photo boards as well as on-going interactive rescue demos for visitors of all ages at Picnic Day. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTM2u3NA2NP/
April 2017 - IAWTI associate, Dr. Tricia Andrade, presents one day Barn Basics workshop on stable safety and emergency preparedness at Santa Rosa Junior College to equine management students.
April 2017 - IAWTI team conducts all day workshop to sVERT specialized study program participants. The activities included a companion animal sheltering exercise and large animal technical rescue.
April 2017 - Jim Green collaborates with UC Davis Animal Science Department to deliver animal handling training lectures and hands-on labs to UC Davis Fire and Police department first responders to enhance campus safety.
March 2017 - IAWTI team delivers four track lectures to sVERT specialized study program participants on companion animal and large animal handling/restraint/movement; evacuation; sheltering and triage.
March 2017 - IAWTI associates, Dr. Tricia Andrade and Dr. Aki Tanaka attend two day Medical Reserve Corps statewide workshop.
February 2017 - IAWTI associate, Dr. Tricia Andrade, presents one day Barn Basics workshop on stable safety and emergency preparedness at a private stable in Sonoma.
February 2017 - The third and final core lecture (humane euthanasia) to sVERT club specialized study program was presented by Dr. John Madigan, Dr. Eric Davis and Dr. Monica Aleman.
February 2017 - Jim Green and the IAWTI/CEH disaster team continue meetings with incidents involving animals contacts such as main campus Animal Science Department and off campus with the North Valley Diasaster Animal Group in Chico and the Sonomal County Horse Council.
February 2017 - IAWTI director and associates present emergency/disaster management lecture and discussion to third year UC Davis veterinary students as part of their VM430 core course. This year the students were given 8 scenarios and challenges such as loose livestock in public place, roadside horse trailer accident and small animal disaster sheltering.
January 2017 - The extracurricular specialized study program in disaster medicine for the student VERT club members begins this month with lectures on Incident Command System and Biosecurity given by Dr. Madigan and Dr. Davis. Special guest speakers were Dr. Grant Miller from CVMA and Dana Carey from Yolo County Office of Emergency Services.
January 2017 - Jim Green and the IAWTI/CEH disaster team continue meetings with UC Davis campus contacts such as UCD Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht; VMTH Dr. Steven Epstein and Dr Guillaume Hoareau; WIFSS Dr. Amanda Arens; Safety Services Robert Wachter; planning meetings with the sVERT club.
November 2016 - IAWTI and the Center for Equine Health host Jim Green, UK firefighter and animal rescue specialist, to join UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for one year to enhance responder safety and animal welfare with rescue and disaster response training for incidents involving animals.
August 2016 - VERT on call for The Tevis Cup: A Top-10 Endurance Competition in Auburn, California. Fortunately, our services were not needed. http://www.teviscup.org/the-trail/about-the-trail
July 2016 - IAWTI director and associates provide equine technical rescue demonstrations, display VERT trailer and information booth at the California State Fair in Sacramento.
June 2016 - IAWTI associates participate in a FEMA tabletop exercise hosted by California Department of Food and Agriculture in Sacramento.
June 2016 - IAWTI director and associates spoke with the Yolo County emergency Operational Area Coordinating Group about systems which could be used in Yolo County for animals during disasters and discussed future collaborations.
June 2016 - IAWTI associate presents 'Equine Rescue and Disaster Response: Preparing yourself and your community' lecture and demonstration at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento.
June 2016 - IAWTI associate serves on a review panel for UC Davis D-Lab agricultural student final project presentations.
May 2016 - IAWTI associates meet with Ryo Suzuki, DVM during his visit to UCD from Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
April 2016 - IAWTI hosts Jim Green, Watch Commander and Animal Rescue Specialist from England for two weeks. Mr. Green gave several presentations at the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Sacramento Zoo and to several community groups. He met with personnel from VMTH, IACUC, CEH, UCD Fire Service, and Department of Animal Science.
April 2016 - IAWTI associates meet with Debra Zoran, DVM from Texas A&M University to discuss disaster response curriculum and role of VERT in veterinary medical education.
April 2016 - VERT and the student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club (VEDP) present several technical rescue demonstrations with equine mannequins (down horse in trailer, large animal lift) at the School of Veterinary Medicine for UC Davis Picnic Day.
April 2016 - IAWTI associates mentor Master of Public Health student (non-veterinary) for her thesis and spring quarter practicum work with Yolo County to develop disaster plan for Yolo County.
March 2016 - IAWTI director and associates serve on a review panel for UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine student presentations of animal welfare policy positions as part of the students’ Population Health course (VM414).
March 2016 - IAWTI director and associates meet with representatives from the Center for Equine Health, California Dept of Food and Agriculture, Cal Office of Emergency Services, Yolo County OES, and Sonoma County to discuss California's animals in disasters response system.
March 2016 - IAWTI trainer presented lecture and table top exercise on "Emergency Animal Sheltering" to California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps volunteers at Western University in Pomona.
March 2016 - IAWTI collaborated with the Center for Equine Health to present an all day workshop on "Veterinary Integration into Multi-Agency Emergency Equine Rescue and Disaster Response" at Circle Oak Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in Petaluma.
February 2016 - IAWTI director presents "Disaster Medicine and the Human-Animal Bond" to veterinary students.
February 2016 - IAWTI director presents "Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learned from the Valley Fire and the Role of the Equine Practitioner in Integrated Veterinary Response and Disaster Planning” to the Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners.
February 2016 - IAWTI director and associates present lectures on the veterinarian’s role in emergency and disaster management to third year UC Davis veterinary students as part of their VM430 core course which covers topics such as law, ethics, regulatory medicine, business, communication and disaster medicine.
January 2016 – Two IAWTI associates gave presentations and a 90 minute workshop on animals in disasters at the 4th International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness and Response to Emergencies & Disasters in Tel Aviv, Israel. http://www.ipred.co.il/ They also conducted a day long emergency animal sheltering workshop at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in Rehovot.
November 2015 - 3rd Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium provided great demonstrations, inspiring lectures, and one on one discussions and labs. https://www.facebook.com/DonkeyWelfareSymposium/?fref=ts
November 2015 - IAWTI and the UC Davis Animal Science Department hosted Safe-Capture International, Inc for a two day Chemical Immobilization of Animals Workshop. http://www.safecapture.com/New/wildlife.html
September 2015 – VERT was deployed to Lake County for three days to assist with the Valley Fire animal rescue and treatment in Middletown, California. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20150915/emergency-animal-care-provided-by-uc-davis-vets-at-valley-fire
September 2015 – New VERT members were trained to use the Large Animal Lift and rescue glides.
September 2015 - IAWTI and the student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club (VEDP) hosted an information booth on pet preparedness and demonstrated a technical Large Animal Lift rescue at the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Preparedness Day in Sacramento.
August 2015 - VERT on call for The Tevis Cup: A Top-10 Endurance Competition in Auburn, California. Fortunately, our services were not needed. http://www.teviscup.org/the-trail/about-the-trail
July 2015 - IAWTI director and associates travel to Japan to lecture on animals in disasters and provide training workshops (table top emergency animal sheltering exercise) to Japanese veterinarians, veterinary students, and animal welfare stakeholders.
July 2015 - VERT consults with Dr. Leslie Mikulich and prepares an equipment loan for down mule rescue in Sonoma County.
June 2015 - IAWTI sponsors associate attendance at the annual American College of Animal Welfare conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
June 2015 - IAWTI director and associate consult with Sacramento Zoo about the large animal lift, emergency response trainings, and equipment acquisition.
April 2015 - IAWTI associates present disaster planning and response research papers at the 19th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Cape Town, South Africa.
April 2015 - IAWTI and UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members collaborate to hold an equine technical rescue training workshop at the request of the Sutter Fire Department. This was an exchange of skills between veterinarians, students, firefighters, animal control and Sheriff’s department. http://m.appeal-democrat.com/news/animal-rescue-training-called-invaluable/article_1cd154b8-e7eb-11e4-aeab-7baa63321440.html?mode=jqm
March 2015 - IAWTI director and associates organize and lecture at the Animal Welfare Track of the UC Davis Winter Conference (all species) (co-sponsor with Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association).
March 2015 - IAWTI provides and sponsors lectures and trainings for the “Large Animal Abuse, Identification, and Rescue for the Animal Welfare Professional” workshop during the Animal Care Conference (collaborative conference between the California Animal Control Directors Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the State Humane Association of California; workshop held at Center for Equine Health).
March 2015 - IAWTI director and associates serve on a review panel for UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine student presentations of animal welfare policy positions as part of the students’ Population Health course (VM414).
March 2015 - VERT consults via phone with Dr. Lynn Rodgers and Anderson Fire Dept, Sheriff's, CHP to initiate the use of the forward assist method to extract a horse stuck in the mud. http://www.krcrtv.com/…/snoop-the-horse-removed-fr…/32015996
February 2015 - IAWTI director, associate and UC Davis Fire Department Chief Nathan Trauernicht meet to plan an information exchange with England fire departments regarding protocols for integration of veterinarians in fire departments.
February 2015 - IAWTI director and associates present lectures on the veterinarian’s role in emergency and disaster management to third year UC Davis veterinary students as part of their VM430 core course which covers topics such as law, ethics, regulatory medicine, business, communication and disaster medicine.
February 2015 - IAWTI director and associate serve on a review panel for UC Davis D-Lab student project presentations, which included a dairy cow health and welfare project in Nicaragua. http://piet.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=25
January 2015 - VERT rescues Molly the cow from a mineshaft! Must see video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87JN-LaSSfg
January 2015 - IAWTI associates attend the Veterinary Track of the UC Davis Livestock Symposium where half of the presentations were welfare topics.
November 2014 - IAWTI associates host the 2nd Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium. https://www.facebook.com/DonkeyWelfareSymposium?fref=ts
October 2014 - IAWTI director and UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members present simulated (with horse mannequin) action trailer accident multiagency response demonstration at UC Davis Animal Science Horse Day.
September 2014 - IAWTI provides technical and equipment support to two Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine graduate students to conduct their donkey welfare project in Tunisia. - http://donkeysfordevelopment.blogspot.com/
September 2014 - IAWTI and UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club host an information booth, demonstrate the large animal lift, and display the VERT trailer at the Cal OES Preparedness Day in Sacramento. https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisIAWTI/photos/pcb.737437092958257/737432962958670/?type=1&theater
August 2014 - IAWTI director contributes to the disaster management issue of the Center for Equine Health’s Horse Report. This fall issue won first place in disaster management from American Horse Publications. The IAWTI director also made a video for the online segment covering equine evacuation and safe horse trailer loading.
June 2014 - IAWTI director co-writes “Heat advisory for horses: extreme heat guidelines,” which is shared via equine publications on the UC Davis VMTH page.
May 2014 - IAWTI hosts information booth and gives demonstrations at the Sonoma County Farm Emergency and Disaster Fair. The demonstrations were made possible with help from UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members.https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisIAWTI/photos/pcb.681002908601676/680999461935354/?type=1&theater
May 2014 - IAWTI presents “Loose Livestock, Injured Wildlife and Humane Euthanasia for First Responders” training to first responders and animal control officers (hosted by West Plainfield Fire Department). https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisIAWTI/photos/pcb.683530691682231/683526351682665/?type=1&theater
March 2014 - VERT and guest firefighter provide training to the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members with a simulated horse (mannequin) stuck in a ravine. The rainy weather provided a real taste of rescue challenges. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202826463518601&set=a.1277676937977.42623.1111592030&type=1&theater
March 2014 - VERT responds to a West Plainfield Fire Department request for emergency assistance with an equine hit by a car. Sadly, the horse was badly injured and humane euthanasia is performed.
November 2013 - IAWTI associates host the 1st Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium, a 3 day lecture and lab continuing education conference.
October 2013 - IAWTI hosts a lecture from Colonel Dominique Grandjean of Paris, France, on the formal integration of veterinarians into fire departments in France.