The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team (UCD VERT) was formed in 1997 after the Yuba County floods.  The unit functioned as a veterinary response team for accidents involving horses, mules and other large animals.  The team responded to large animal accidents, providing large animal technical rescue and equine helicopter rescue, as well as response to large scale disasters for Yolo and adjacent counties.  The UCD VERT expanded and in January 2008 it became a registered Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit.  The MRC program was under the umbrella of the Civilian Volunteer Office of the Surgeon General, part of the National Citizen Corps Program.

In the event of an emergency, the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team can be deployed under the Medical Reserve Corps or the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services.  Once deployed, our faculty, staff and students are disaster service workers providing our community services for animal-related emergency and disaster situations.  While VERT is primarily a program dedicated to training, where the faculty and staff instruct students about the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) as well as general best practices and procedures in disaster situations that make the allow them to be deployed.

People working within the veterinary field that are interested in becoming a volunteer in the UCD VERT- MRC can contact us for more information.  Our work as a Medical Reserve Corps Unit has allowed us to respond to a number of incidents and disasters over the last 10 years.  Our response has ranged from assisting in the effort against the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009 to the response to wildfires including the recent devastating disasters such as the Tubbs Fire in 2017 and the Camp Fire in 2018 (The deadliest California fire on record).

VERT volunteers assisting at a cat shelter during the Butte County Fires