UC Davis Cares for 1,000 Animals from Wildfires

UC Davis veterinarians treat alpacas

Since August 19, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has been treating animals burned in the devastating LNU Lightning Complex Fire. Using a field-first approach, the school's Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) deployed to Solano and Sonoma Counties to care for animals at evacuation centers and those sheltering in place on ranches. They also conducted search and rescue missions throughout the fire zones. Meanwhile, the veterinary hospital has been able to concentrate on only the most critical cases. This strategy has successfully allowed VERT to evaluate, triage, and/or treat more than 1,000 animals in the field, while critical care specialists at the hospital care for 30 of the most severely injured animals. Combined, the two teams have cared for horses, goats, cattle, chickens, emus, sheep, alpacas, llamas, donkeys, cats, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, and pigs.

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Coverage of UC Davis' care of animals:
BBC: Over 1,000 Animals Rescued from the Deadly Wildfires
Yahoo News: Horses, Alpaca Injured by California Wildfires Treated at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital
CBS13: UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Caring For Animals Burned In Wildfires
KCRA3: Rescuing Animals in the Fire Zone
ABC10: Solano County Rancher Finds Comfort in Good Samaritans
Fox40: UC Davis Veterinarians Work to Rescue Animals Burned by Wildfires
NBC Bay Area: Meet the UC Davis Team Rescuing Animals From Wildfires
ABC7: Inside One Chilling Evacuation from LNU Lightning Complex Fire
San Francisco Chronicle: Animals Saved by Rescue Network

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