Emergency Planning Resources for Veterinary Practices - Disaster Preparedness

Parkview Animal Hospital, Jopin MO, 2011
Photos courtesy of Dr. Jim Christman, Parkview Animal Hospital, Joplin MO, 2011

Veterinary practices vary dramatically in size, type, and location, resulting in diverse emergency planning and preparedness needs. This brief list of resources was compiled by the AVMA and is provided as a starting point to aid veterinarians in creating an emergency plan tailored to the individual needs of their practices.

Whether you need guidance in developing a disaster plan for your practice or just want to review and update your plan, the following resources can help you:

  • Assess your resources
  • Learn about risks or hazards your practice might face
  • Determine how to overcome or mitigate potential risks
  • Develop a contingency plan
  • Enhance resiliency

Risk Assessment - Information to help determine which hazards might affect your practice

Creating an Emergency Plan – Guides, templates and other materials to aid in developing a practice-specific emergency plan

AVMA

AVMA PLIT

FEMA

United States Department of Labor, Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)

Zoo Animal Health Network