Protect large animals and livestock: New tool for your clients

Published on September 15, 2017

Two horses near a flooded barnyardLarge animals and livestock require special care and handling in the event of natural disasters, and it’s crucial for their owners to have emergency plans that address their needs.

A new AVMA website resource provides critical information that veterinarians can share with owners of horses, poultry, cattle, and other livestock to help them plan in advance to safeguard animals in the event of emergency.

The new page, Large Animals and Livestock in Disasters, includes:

  • Steps to prepare for quick action in emergencies
  • Evacuation supply lists for horses, poultry and other livestock
  • Information on proper identification of animals
  • Suggestions to pre-arrange possible evacuation sites

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and the importance of animal disaster planning has been made abundantly clear by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and the wildfires burning on ranch and farmland across the western United States. Livestock evacuations have been all too common, both on large and small scales.

The AVMA also has a broad range of other emergency planning resources for veterinarians and their clients. Be sure to make use of these additional materials to ensure that both you and your clients have updated emergency plans in place: