Disaster training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

During the week of April 8, 2013, the Tufts Shelter Medicine Program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine provided a week long course covering Emergency Response and Disaster Medicine. Instructors included representatives from the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team (SMART), International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), MSPCA, ASPCA, MVMA and Tufts faculty. The course featured an introduction to the incident command system, animal sheltering in disasters, large animal rescue and emergency medicine in disasters as well as recent man-made and natural disasters such as the Midwest flooding and a variety of cruelty response cases.  The course concluded with a table top drill to test the students’ abilities.  One day of the course included the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association’s program on Veterinary Practice Continuity, Planning and Recovery.  We, at SMART, look forward to seeing these new veterinarians join us as capable trained volunteers available when the need arises.