The Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) is comprised of faculty, resident veterinarians, veterinary students and staff from the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. We operate on a volunteer-basis, training our membership in large animal rescue techniques and serving our community with education in large animal rescue and pet disaster preparedness.VERT is able to provide technical assistance in animal rescue within a defined geographic area when local veterinary attempts have proven ineffective. All requests for assistance must come from a veterinarian at the scene. VERT student and technician volunteers provide not only their clinical experience with animals, but also have basic training in the Incident Command System (ICS) allowing our team to integrate into multiagency disaster scenes effectively.
In January of 2008, the UC Davis VERT expanded to become part of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), a civilian volunteer organization sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General. As a MRC, we can be mobilized for large-scale human health response, such as wide-scale vaccination in an epidemic, and to provide assistance with animals in national disasters.
VERT can also be requested to assist in animal-related incidents by other veterinarians and official agencies, such as the Police and Fire Departments.