Outline of the Specialized Study Programs


Specialized Study Program Level 1 

The goals of the sVERT Special Studies Program are two-fold: (1) to prepare veterinary students with the knowledge and practical training to be able to engage with and serve the community in the event of a disaster and (2) to establish a set of basic understanding and skills that can be expected of a veterinary student during an incident response.

Students can choose one of the three tracks listed below: 

1. Companion Animal - Primary focus on dogs, cats, pocket pets, and a few avian & exotic species.

  • Requirements: Students must attend 3 Core Lectures, 2 track lectures, and 1 wetlab. 

2. Large Animal - Primary focus on cattle, horses, small ruminants, chickens, donkeys, pigs, avian & exotics species.

  • Requirements: Students must attend 3 Core Lectures, 2 track lectures, and 1 wetlab.

3. Mixed Animal - Includes both companion and large animals combined course.

  • Requirements: Students must attend 3 Core Lectures, 3 track lectures from either Companion or Large Animal, and 1 wetlab.

Core Lectures

1. ICS, Agencies, Veterinarian Roles  

  • The Incident Command System is a management system designed to operate during domestic incident events by structuring a common command system for different facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications. It is important for veterinarians to know the chain of commands, how to operate within this structured system, and what the key roles and responsibilities are as a veterinarian. 

2. Biosecurity

  • Learning  proper personal protective equipment needed to work in shelter settings and upholding biosecurity to minimize the spread of infectious, zoonotic, and toxic agents. 

3. Humane Euthanasia

  • Students must understand different humane methods of euthanasia, how to verify an animal’s death, body care after death, personnel debrief, and public media communication. 

Track Lectures

Lecture 1. Behavior, Capture, Restraint, Evacuation, Field Triage (Offered as separate class for Companion Animal and Large Animal) 

  • Students must be knowledgeable with different movement techniques, capture and restraints, evacuation, and reunification in addition to triage during incidences.

Lecture 2. Emergency Companion Animal Sheltering, Initial Medical Care (Offered as separate class for Companion Animal and Large Animal)

  • Students should understand elements of emergency sheltering (facility, resources, capacity).

Hands-On Wetlab Series:

Companion Animal Wetlabs 

  • Emergency Sheltering 

  • Small Animal Bandaging 

  • Small Animal Capture and Restraint

Large Animal Wetlabs 

  • Anderson sling

  • Downed horse management 

  • Loose livestock movement and capture

  • Vertical Lift

Specialized Study Program Level 2

Provide hands-on training training for future veterinarians to handle emergency situations during disaster events. Students who have completed SSP Lv 1 continues to take courses from one of the three tracks listed below: 

1. Small Animal - primary focus on dogs, cats, pocket pets, and a few avian & exotics

  • Requirements: Students must attend 2 Core Lectures for Companion Animals,  2 additional lectures of your choice, and 2 wetlabs.

2. Large Animal - primary focus on cattle, horses, small ruminants, chicken, donkey, pigs

  • Requirements: Students must attend 2 Core Lectures for Large Animals,  2 additional lectures of your choice, and 2 wetlabs.

3. Mixed Animal - includes both small and large animals

  • Requirements: Students must attend 3 Core Lectures for either Companion or Large Animal, 2 additional lectures of your choice, and 2 wetlabs.

Core Lectures 

1. Companion Animal Fluids or Large Animal Sedation, and Emergency Medicine

2. Companion Animal Fluids or Large Animal Triage 

Additional Lectures - varies within each year 
Hands-On Wetlab Series:

Required

  • Mock Emergency Incident 

Additional 

  • Companion Animal capture and restraint 

  • Mock incident in ravine 

  • Companion Animal burns and bandaging 

  • Large animal splitting


*Lectures and Wetlab are subjected to change and updated throughout the year.