Latest news on the AVMA's disaster preparedness activities

Click on the links below to read the latest news on the AVMA's disaster preparedness activities.

AVMA Answers: Disaster Response (
October 15, 2008
Changes in federal government policy after recent large-scale disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina led to the creation of two separate yet complementary Veterinary Disaster Response Team programs: the federal National Veterinary Response Team and the AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Team program. [more]

AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams take on state needs (
May 15, 2008
The AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Team program received the go-ahead from the Executive Board to move in a new direction, focusing on disaster preparedness and response activities at the state level. [more]

A new understanding for handling disaster (
April 1, 2008
A new memorandum clarifies the roles of the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams during disasters and other emergencies. [more]

AVMA, HHS reach agreement on roles in emergency response (
February 19, 2008
AVMA News Express
The AVMA has signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the roles of each in delivering veterinary services during emergencies. [more]

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