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AVMA Disaster Planning Resources

AVMA Emergency Response and Preparedness Guide
The AVMA Disaster Preparedness and Response Guide is a 500 page, 3-ring binder of disaster resource information designed for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, emergency managers, and others interested in planning for animals in disasters.

Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions
Zoonatic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel

Saving the Whole Family
Help your clients keep their animals safe in a disaster by providing them with this informative booklet from the AVMA. This detailed planning resource for both small and large animals in disasters can help your clients maintain the safety of the animals you have dedicated your life to helping.

Disaster Preparedness for Veterinary Practices
Are you prepared to continue practicing in the aftermath of a disaster? Disasters can occur at any time, in any place. Find out how to continue practicing veterinary medicine, continue paying your staff, and communicate with your clients.

U.S. Government Planning Guide for Individuals and Families
Secretary Leavitt releases Guide to Help Individuals and Families be Prepared for a Pandemic.

Other Resources

What does it cost to be prepared?
Sample Business Continuity Disaster Preparedness Plan
Sample Emergency Preparedness To-Do List
Sample Supply Check List
Sample Insurance Form

Sample Computer Inventory Form

How can I get involved?

Michigan State Animal Response Team (SART)
SART (State Animal Response Team) is a national organization, with chapters throughout the United States. Our Michigan team is a registered 501c3, and works with a variety of governmental, industry, and private animal-related organizations, as well as your local veterinarian and professional staff. Please take a moment to explore, and learn how you can join this growing network dedicated to the education and awareness of animal needs in time of disaster.

Michigan VET NET

Michigan's Vet Net, part of the homeland security efforts in the animal health and protection arena, is one of the first such programs in the nation and is made possible by federal homeland security dollars and funding from MSU CVM. Vet Net is a comprehensive education and training program geared toward the state's nearly 3,600 licensed veterinarians to enhance their awareness, preparedness and response to animal disease-related emergencies.

Vet Net includes two main components: a general education series for all veterinarians and an in-depth emergency preparedness training program for those who sign up to serve in the "corps." This volunteer corps will be a group of private veterinary practitioners from across Michigan trained to identify and handle a wide variety of animal diseases that will help supplement state and federal veterinarian/agency efforts and further ensure the health and safety of the state's livestock and domestic animals.

Vet Net partners include MDA, MSU CVM, MVMA, the Michigan Department of Community Health, MSU Extension, USDA and private practitioners across the state.

Veterinarians who wish to register for the Vet Net training program can contact MDA's Animal Industry Division at 517/373-1077.


The Veterinary Corps is a group of Michigan veterinarians willing to help state and federal agencies provide veterinary-related services to Michigan citizens and animals in the event of a large-scale animal health emergency.

Vets will perform a wide range of tasks related to animal and public health. They may be involved in everything from planning and organizing activities to examining and handling animals. Assistance might be needed to protect the biosecurity of an area or to talk with animal owners about the disease at hand. Any species of animal could be involved from pets to livestock to wildlife.

Veterinarians who wish to sign up can contact the Department of Agriculture via fax 517/373-6015, phone 517/373-1077 or email at

VMAT (Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams)

VMAT's mission is to support the local veterinary community in whatever way necessary to help in a disaster. VMAT has the capability of setting up a full field hospital, and can provide medical care for pets, search and rescue dogs, livestock, wildlife and even zoo animals if the need arises. They may also be activated to assist with food safety concerns, zoonotic disease, terrorist events and toxicological problems.

VMATs are the only response teams recognized in the National Response Plan that provide veterinary medical treatment and address animal and public health issues resulting from natural, man-made, or any other type of disasters. VMATs are available to assist the USDA in the control, treatment, and eradication of animal disease outbreaks. VMATs must receive an invitation from the affected state in order to be deployed. The local governor may make a disaster declaration and submit a request for federal assistance. If the President then declares a disaster, federal resources are made available. It is at this point that a request for VMAT assistance can be made. If a State alone requests a VMAT, they will need to fund the response. If a Federal Disaster is declared, the Federal Government covers a large part of the cost.

Any state that is interested in establishing a relationship with VMAT can contact the AVMA Assistance Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response at 800-248-2862 ext. 6632 for more information.

More Information on VMAT through the AVMA

Important Contact Information

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control



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