Large Animal Rescue
For a large animal technical rescue emergency in the North Central Florida region (Alachua, Marion, Levy, Gilchrist, Dixie, Suwanee, Lafayette, Columbia, Hamilton, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Madison, Taylor, Duval, Nassau, St Johns, Flagler, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, and Citrus), the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (VETS) team, based in Alachua County, is available to assist local emergency management.
Technical rescue team locations throughout the state of Florida: http://www.laern.org/us/fl.html
Owners with a horse, cow or other livestock in a technical rescue situation should contact their city or county 911 for assistance. Alachua County has Deputies trained in responding to these types of incidents, and they have a working relationship with the VETS team for additional assistance. Other surrounding county dispatchers can request the VETS team through mutual aid, and should contact the Alachua County Sheriff’s Dispatch, which has the contact information for the VETS team. The VETS team will respond in the assistance of local fire or police/sheriff – it does not respond independently.
The UF College of Veterinary Medicine VETS team is capable of assisting with high and low angle rescue from holes, gorges, mud, water, etc. it is equipped with ropes, slings, rigging equipment, rescue glides (large animal stretcher), etc. Its team members are trained in a variety of large animal technical rescue courses, human technical rescue, and swift-water rescue.
The VETS team is a volunteer/grant/donation funded resource to the greater Gainesville/Ocala community, and requests donations in support of its responses to ensure this resource remains available ( https://www.uff.ufl.edu/onlinegiving/FundDetail.asp?FundCode=013175 ).
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