The new 28-foot trailer, supported by a Ford F-750 truck, can be deployed anywhere in the
"Time and time again, we witness the highly compassionate and effective disaster response capabilities from Dr.
This is the first VET vehicle designed for evacuation of animals, which will add a new dimension of response capability. The trailer was custom designed by VET based on unique needs and insights from prior deployments. Along with 44 kennels, it features an onboard generator, two rooftop air conditioning units, a 30-gallon freshwater tank, and exterior flood lights that will allow the vehicle to be used in any conditions.
This vehicle also has the potential to be utilized during non-emergency situations with the VET. When not deployed in an emergency, the VET works with communities and local agencies to train and develop emergency plans. The VET also educates fourth-year veterinary students on disaster response during two-week clinical rotations.
"This addition really expands our ability to respond. In the past, for the most part, we've had to rely on people bringing their animals to us. This is going to allow us to go into the hardest-hit areas and get our hands on those animals faster," said VET Director Dr.
"Natural disasters are devasting for both people and pets – and we have a responsibility to support communities and families in all stages of a disaster: preparation, response and recovery. Year after year, TAMU VET responds to vulnerable communities impacted by wildfires, flooding and hurricanes," said
In addition to its disaster response vehicles with Texas A&M, the foundation has also funded a 44-foot mobile command unit with
At the core of the
About Texas A&M University Veterinary Emergency Team
The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team deploys the largest and most sophisticated veterinary medical disaster response team in the country. Dedicated to "Serving our state and nation every day," the team prides itself on adhering to the Aggie Core Values through response, outreach, education, research, and selfless service by developing and providing cutting-edge emergency management education, advancing knowledge in emergency-preparedness education and response, and building upon the legacy of service that is at the heart of
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