The AVMA is looking for volunteers to serve on its Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams as veterinary medical officers, veterinary technicians, safety officers, logistics officers, communications officers, training officers, and more.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently increased the number of VMAT members from 66 to 96.
Minimal requirements are a DVM/VMD or equivalent degree and a valid, unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in a state, the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a U.S. territory. Position descriptions can be obtained from the team administrative officer.
To join VMAT-1, contact Lyn Garson at firstname.lastname@example.org. To join VMAT-2 in Maryland, contact Barbara Buchanan at Barbvmat2@aol.com. To join VMAT-3 in North Carolina, contact Dr. Jim Hamilton at (910) 692-8640 and ask the receptionist to schedule an appointment. To join VMAT-5 in Minnesota, contact Amanda Steele at email@example.com. Team members do not have to live in the state where a VMAT is based.
To learn more, including VMAT responsibilities during deployments, visit www.avma.org/disaster or www.vmat.org.