News & Events
April 2016 – IAWTI hosted Jim Green, Watch Commander and Animal Rescue Specialist of the UK Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Jim gave several presentations and met with key stakeholders to share how the UK integrates animal rescue into the fire department.
JIm has developed animal rescue methods, procedures and equipment which are now standard throughout 90% of the UK. He trains fire officers and veterinarians from the UK and beyond, and continues to evolve and share this approach to best meet the needs of responders and animals worldwide.
He is internationally recognized and has been keynote speaker at conferences in the UK, Netherlands, USA, Turkey and Australia. Jim is Director and co-founder of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association.
Every month brings a new challenge and opportunity for IAWTI and VERT
June 2016 - IAWTI director and associates spoke with the Yolo County emergency Operational Area Coordinating Group about systems which could be used in Yolo County for animals during disasters and discussed future collaborations.
June 2016 - IAWTI associate presents 'Equine Rescue and Disaster Response: Preparing yourself and your community' lecture and demonstration at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento.
June 2016 - IAWTI associate serves on a review panel for UC Davis D-Lab agricultural student final project presentations.
May 2016 - IAWTI associates meet with Ryo Suzuki, DVM during his visit to UCD from Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
April 2016 - IAWTI hosts Jim Green, Watch Commander and Animal Rescue Specialist from England for two weeks. Mr. Green gave several presentations at the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Sacramento Zoo and to several community groups. He met with personnel from VMTH, IACUC, CEH, UCD Fire Service, and Department of Animal Science.
April 2016 - IAWTI associates meet with Debra Zoran, DVM from Texas A&M University to discuss disaster response curriculum and role of VERT in veterinary medical education.
April 2016 - VERT and the student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club (VEDP) present several technical rescue demonstrations with equine mannequins (down horse in trailer, large animal lift) at the School of Veterinary Medicine for UC Davis Picnic Day.
April 2016 - IAWTI associates mentor Master of Public Health student (non-veterinary) for her thesis and spring quarter practicum work with Yolo County to develop disaster plan for Yolo County.
March 2016 - IAWTI director and associates serve on a review panel for UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine student presentations of animal welfare policy positions as part of the students’ Population Health course (VM414).
March 2016 - IAWTI director and associates meet with representatives from the Center for Equine Health, California Dept of Food and Agriculture, Cal Office of Emergency Services, Yolo County OES, and Sonoma County to discuss California's animals in disasters response system.
March 2016 - IAWTI trainer presented lecture and table top exercise on "Emergency Animal Sheltering" to California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps volunteers at Western University in Pomona.
March 2016 - IAWTI collaborated with the Center for Equine Health to present an all day workshop on "Veterinary Integration into Multi-Agency Emergency Equine Rescue and Disaster Response" at Circle Oak Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in Petaluma.
February 2016 - IAWTI director presents "Disaster Medicine and the Human-Animal Bond" to veterinary students.
February 2016 - IAWTI director presents "Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learned from the Valley Fire and the Role of the Equine Practitioner in Integrated Veterinary Response and Disaster Planning” to the Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners.
February 2016 - IAWTI director and associates present lectures on the veterinarian’s role in emergency and disaster management to third year UC Davis veterinary students as part of their VM430 core course which covers topics such as law, ethics, regulatory medicine, business, communication and disaster medicine.
January 2016 – Two IAWTI associates gave presentations and a 90 minute workshop on animals in disasters at the 4th International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness and Response to Emergencies & Disasters in Tel Aviv, Israel. http://www.ipred.co.il/ They also conducted a day long emergency animal sheltering workshop at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in Rehovot.
November 2015 - 3rd Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium provided great demonstrations, inspiring lectures, and one on one discussions and labs. https://www.facebook.com/DonkeyWelfareSymposium/?fref=ts
November 2015 - IAWTI and the UC Davis Animal Science Department hosted Safe-Capture International, Inc for a two day Chemical Immobilization of Animals Workshop. http://www.safecapture.com/New/wildlife.html
September 2015 – VERT was deployed to Lake County for three days to assist with the Valley Fire animal rescue and treatment in Middletown, California. http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20150915/emergency-animal-care-provided-by-uc-davis-vets-at-valley-fire
September 2015 – New VERT members were trained to use the Large Animal Lift and rescue glides.
September 2015 - IAWTI and the student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club (VEDP) hosted an information booth on pet preparedness and demonstrated a technical Large Animal Lift rescue at the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Preparedness Day in Sacramento.
August 2015 - VERT on call for The Tevis Cup: A Top-10 Endurance Competition in Auburn, California. Fortunately, our services were not needed. http://www.teviscup.org/the-trail/about-the-trail
July 2015 - IAWTI director and associates travel to Japan to lecture on animals in disasters and provide training workshops (table top emergency animal sheltering exercise) to Japanese veterinarians, veterinary students, and animal welfare stakeholders.
July 2015 - VERT consults with Dr. Leslie Mikulich and prepares an equipment loan for down mule rescue in Sonoma County.
June 2015 - IAWTI sponsors associate attendance at the annual American College of Animal Welfare conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
June 2015 - IAWTI director and associate consult with Sacramento Zoo about the large animal lift, emergency response trainings, and equipment acquisition.
April 2015 - IAWTI associates present disaster planning and response research papers at the 19th World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Cape Town, South Africa.
April 2015 - IAWTI and UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members collaborate to hold an equine technical rescue training workshop at the request of the Sutter Fire Department. This was an exchange of skills between veterinarians, students, firefighters, animal control and Sheriff’s department. http://m.appeal-democrat.com/news/animal-rescue-training-called-invaluable/article_1cd154b8-e7eb-11e4-aeab-7baa63321440.html?mode=jqm
March 2015 - IAWTI director and associates organize and lecture at the Animal Welfare Track of the UC Davis Winter Conference (all species) (co-sponsor with Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association).
March 2015 - IAWTI provides and sponsors lectures and trainings for the “Large Animal Abuse, Identification, and Rescue for the Animal Welfare Professional” workshop during the Animal Care Conference (collaborative conference between the California Animal Control Directors Association, the California Veterinary Medical Association, and the State Humane Association of California; workshop held at Center for Equine Health).
March 2015 - IAWTI director and associates serve on a review panel for UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine student presentations of animal welfare policy positions as part of the students’ Population Health course (VM414).
March 2015 - VERT consults via phone with Dr. Lynn Rodgers and Anderson Fire Dept, Sheriff's, CHP to initiate the use of the forward assist method to extract a horse stuck in the mud. http://www.krcrtv.com/…/snoop-the-horse-removed-fr…/32015996
February 2015 - IAWTI director, associate and UC Davis Fire Department Chief Nathan Trauernicht meet to plan an information exchange with England fire departments regarding protocols for integration of veterinarians in fire departments.
February 2015 - IAWTI director and associates present lectures on the veterinarian’s role in emergency and disaster management to third year UC Davis veterinary students as part of their VM430 core course which covers topics such as law, ethics, regulatory medicine, business, communication and disaster medicine.
February 2015 - IAWTI director and associate serve on a review panel for UC Davis D-Lab student project presentations, which included a dairy cow health and welfare project in Nicaragua. http://piet.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=25
January 2015 - VERT rescues Molly the cow from a mineshaft! Must see video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87JN-LaSSfg
January 2015 - IAWTI associates attend the Veterinary Track of the UC Davis Livestock Symposium where half of the presentations were welfare topics.
November 2014 - IAWTI associates host the 2nd Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium. https://www.facebook.com/DonkeyWelfareSymposium?fref=ts
October 2014 - IAWTI director and UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members present simulated (with horse mannequin) action trailer accident multiagency response demonstration at UC Davis Animal Science Horse Day.
September 2014 - IAWTI provides technical and equipment support to two Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine graduate students to conduct their donkey welfare project in Tunisia. - http://donkeysfordevelopment.blogspot.com/
September 2014 - IAWTI and UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club host an information booth, demonstrate the large animal lift, and display the VERT trailer at the Cal OES Preparedness Day in Sacramento. https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisIAWTI/photos/pcb.737437092958257/737432962958670/?type=1&theater
August 2014 - IAWTI director contributes to the disaster management issue of the Center for Equine Health’s Horse Report. This fall issue won first place in disaster management from American Horse Publications. The IAWTI director also made a video for the online segment covering equine evacuation and safe horse trailer loading. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article.cfm?id=3211
June 2014 - IAWTI director co-writes “Heat advisory for horses: extreme heat guidelines,” which is shared via equine publications on the UC Davis VMTH page. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whatsnew/article.cfm?id=2724
May 2014 - IAWTI hosts information booth and gives demonstrations at the Sonoma County Farm Emergency and Disaster Fair. The demonstrations were made possible with help from UC Davis Student Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members.https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisIAWTI/photos/pcb.681002908601676/680999461935354/?type=1&theater
May 2014 - IAWTI presents “Loose Livestock, Injured Wildlife and Humane Euthanasia for First Responders” training to first responders and animal control officers (hosted by West Plainfield Fire Department). https://www.facebook.com/UCDavisIAWTI/photos/pcb.683530691682231/683526351682665/?type=1&theater
March 2014 - VERT and guest firefighter provide training to the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Club members with a simulated horse (mannequin) stuck in a ravine. The rainy weather provided a real taste of rescue challenges. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202826463518601&set=a.1277676937977.42623.1111592030&type=1&theater
March 2014 - VERT responds to a West Plainfield Fire Department request for emergency assistance with an equine hit by a car. Sadly, the horse was badly injured and humane euthanasia is performed.
November 2013 - IAWTI associates host the 1st Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium, a 3 day lecture and lab continuing education conference.
October 2013 - IAWTI hosts a lecture from Colonel Dominique Grandjean of Paris, France, on the formal integration of veterinarians into fire departments in France.