The American Veterinary Medical Association has re-launched the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team program as a private non governmental program. The teams are funded by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
States may request one of three offerings:
The AVMA VMAT program is not meant to replace state and local response teams. AVMA VMAT is intended to support local response efforts by filling gaps or providing surge capacity.
While many states have developed veterinary and animal response teams, many gaps remain.
AVMA VMAT members are volunteers and do not receive a salary. Travel, housing and per diem expenses are covered by the AVMA VMAT program through AVMF funding.
Before a VMAT can be deployed, a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the AVMA and the state animal health authority must be on file with the AVMA.
Additional information about the AVMA VMAT program can be found at www.avma.org/vmat or e-mail us.
2014 American Veterinary Medical Association