UF VETS Animal Technical Rescue

Mare in swimming pool

Assisting a mare trapped in a swimming pool

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.



Request Response

Mare in sinkhole

Cantilever extrication of a mare from a sink hole

Animal Owners/Witnesses to Emergencies

Owners with an animal in a technical rescue emergency should contact their local 911 for assistance. UF VETS ATR is available as a support resource for local law enforcement and fire departments, and must be requested by the local authority having jurisdiction and/or a veterinarian on scene. The ATR team will respond in the assistance of local fire or law enforcement but cannot respond independently to calls directly from the public.

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.


High angle cow rescue

UF VETS lifting a cow from a sinkhole using a portable A-Frame and rope rescue systems

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.

Donate here to support future missions.