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Animal Technical 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

Dr. Roger Clemmons assesses Tea Cup

Dr. Roger Clemmons assesses Tea Cup, a 30-year-old horse that fell through a swale created after heavy rains in the North Florida area. Tea Cup resides at an equine retirement farm near Gainesville and is in good health after being rescued from her fall on July 12, 2012 by UF’s large animal technical rescue team.

Owners with an animal 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 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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Large Animal Technical Rescue in the News:

LCSO Gets New Tools to Save Large Animals 11/09/2012

Horse Rescued from Hole at Retirement Farm (Gainesville Sun, 7/12/2012)