AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams

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The AVMA VMAT program is funded through the generous support of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Your donation to the AVMF will help the foundation make emergency care available to all animals in times of crisis.

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Connect with the AVMA VMAT teams on Twitter  @AVMAVMAT to stay abreast of VMAT activity.

The AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) serve as first responders to ensure high-quality care of animals during disasters and emergencies. When requested by a state, VMATs provide operational assistance in emergency response programs to state animal health authorities, and organize and provide training preparedness programs to animal health authorities, veterinary medical associations, and other relevant organizations, including:

  • Early assessment of veterinary conditions and need
  • Primary field care to augment overwhelmed local capabilities
  • Emergency-related lectures and training for state veterinary associations, professionals and colleges, regarding emergency animal medical assistance

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.