UF VETS Animal Technical Rescue

The ATR team is capable of assisting with low and high angle technical rescue emergencies from holes, gorges, mud, water, overturned trailers, etc. The response trailer is equipped with ropes, slings, rigging equipment, rescue glides, and portable high points.

Skilled team members are trained in a variety of technical rescue disciplines including: animal technical rescue, human rope rescue, confined space rescue, and swift-water rescue. They are also trained to operate using the Incident Command System.

Emergency Dispatch and Mutual Aid

Surrounding county dispatchers can request UF VETS ATR through mutual aid by contacting the Alachua County Sheriff’s Dispatch to contact the ATR team. The team can respond within a 2-hour radius of the College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

Help Support Responses

UF VETS does not charge for animal technical rescue responses. Our team members volunteer their time to these responses.

We depend on generous donations to support the costs of transportation for our rescue rig, equipment use and cleaning, and ongoing training to ensure that our team is prepared to provide safe and effective responses.

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