The board of directors for the American Veterinary Medical Foundation has approved funding $200,000 to the AVMA Veterinary Medical Assistance Team program.
In April, the VMAT program received approval from the AVMA Executive Board to focus on disaster preparedness and response activities at the state level, instead of at the national level (see JAVMA, May 15, 2008).
"I am thrilled that the VMAT program is moving forward with a focus on state support during disasters," said Dr. Anna M. van Heeckeren, chair of the AVMF Grants/Awards Committee.
"The AVMF has been a steadfast and staunch supporter of the VMAT program since inception and we are proud to support them with the $200,000 grant," she said. "They have been a valuable asset at the national level, and there is no reason to doubt the positive impact they will have at the state level."
The funds will pay for administration, training, equipment, and anticipated deployments for a year.
The grant to the VMAT program was made possible through the Animal Disaster Relief and Response Fund. To learn more or to donate, visit www.avmf.org or contact Monique Buonincontro, AVMF grants coordinator, at (800) 248-2862, Ext. 6691, or firstname.lastname@example.org.