The AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) serve as first responders providing high-quality care of animals during disasters and emergencies. When requested by a state, VMATs provide operational assistance in emergency response, and organize and provide training on animal emergency preparedness and response to animal health authorities, veterinary medical associations, and other relevant organizations.
The dedicated volunteers who make up the AVMA VMAT program help ensure that pets, livestock, zoo animals and wildlife all receive the care they need during times of crisis. For more than 20 years, the VMAT program was supported through generous funding from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). In 2016, the AVMA is providing support for the VMAT program.