Respond with UF VETS

UF VETS relies on veterinarians, DVM students, and veterinary technicians to make disaster response deployments successful.

If you are a veterinarian interested in serving with UF VETS during disasters, first register with the Florida Veterinary Corps.

Training Standards

Infectious Disease Outbreak Lab
Students practicing decontamination during an infectious disease outbreak exercis

The courses below are available at no cost at the FEMA Independent Study Site. To be NIMS (National Incident Management System) compliant, all responders must complete the following trainings:

  • IS-100.c (Incident Command System 100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System)
  • IS-200.b (Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Actions Incidents)
  • IS-700.b (National Incident Management System – NIMS An Introduction)
  • Those who will be team leaders must also complete ICS 300.

For those who will be involved in animal response, it is recommended to complete:

  • IS-10.a (Animals in Disaster, Module A: Awareness and Preparedness)
  • IS-11.a (Animals in Disaster, Module B: Community Planning)
  • IS-111 (Livestock in Disasters)
  • IS-5.a (An Introduction to Hazardous Materials)

Additional training is available through the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Many of these trainings are available at no cost.

For more information, contact our Veterinary Medical Director, Dr. Lawrence Garcia.

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