Two women in blue vests examining a horse with fire wreckage in the background
UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team members help care for horse in the field during the LNU Lightning Complex fire. (UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine)

Protecting Animals When Disaster Strikes

New California Veterinary Emergency Team to Coordinate Training, Response

"University of California, Davis, leaders, veterinarians and California legislators today unveiled a new emergency program to help rescue animals in disasters. Called the California Veterinary Emergency Team and administered by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the program will support and train a network of government agencies, individuals and organizations to aid domestic animals and livestock during emergencies.

California is providing $3 million a year for the California Veterinary Emergency Team, under legislation authored by Sen. Steve Glazer and incorporated into the state budget recently signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The program will be modeled after the UC Davis-led Oiled Wildlife Care Network, created in 1994 to mobilize volunteers and professionals to rescue and treat shorebirds and other wildlife that are injured during oil spills.

'We want to create a robust, coordinated effort statewide to help animals during disasters,' said Michael Ziccardi, director of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network and executive director of the One Health Institute. 'The California Veterinary Emergency Team will bring together state and county agencies and organizations charged with emergency response to help them organize, train and adopt best practices.'"

Read the full story at UC Davis News


Media Resources

  • Michael Ziccardi, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 530-979-7561,
  • Steve Harmon, communications director for Sen. Steve Glazer, 916-539-5005
  • Amy Quinton, UC Davis News and Media Relations, 530-601-8077,

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