Acknowledging the role that animals play in society, in line with animal welfare legislation and societal expectation, rescue services will always attempt to support animals when impacted by emergency or disaster.

The Civil Contingencies Act recognises the role of private veterinary surgeons in supporting first responders at incidents. It also promotes the need for training in order to prepare veterinary practitioners to operate at multi agency rescues, other emergency events and disasters.

The ability to access definitive veterinary care is clearly an essential component of supporting the needs of an animal casualty during a fire, entrapment or other traumatic event.

Aimed at small animal veterinary practices this module will help you prepare for your role in dealing with incidents involving animals alongside the emergency services.

Key areas of learning include:

1. The role of emergency responders – animals in crisis
2. The role of BARTA
3. The role of veterinarians in supporting emergency services
4. What to expect when attending incidents
5. Your practice plan, PPE and equipment
6. Responder welfare considerations

Module Details:

An emergency incident can be quite daunting if a veterinary responder has no prior understanding of how emergency situations are structured and how they fit into the team approach.

This module will help prepare you for that moment.

Duration: 1.5 hour short online module