Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness and Response

 

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s (SVM) Disaster Training and Response Program is a partnership with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) providing training and emergency response efforts for disaster situations where animals are involved. Course development over the past 10 years has focused on core skills including evacuation, technical large animal rescue, emergency management, shelter operations, slack water rescue, biosecurity, planning, and safety. Both introductory, awareness, and operational level courses are part of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s professional training for veterinary students and part of public education program for graduate veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other animal care personnel. Courses are often part of actual on-going emergency response situations in Louisiana such as Hurricane’s Gustav, Isaac, and individual animal rescues from floods or vehicular accidents.

 

When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Southern Mississippi and Louisiana coastlines and surrounding areas, LSU SVM and LSART were well positioned to help and are now a go-to source nationally for animal response. Trainings are often coordinated along with local animal control agencies because they are the officials responsible for animals in a parish (or county). The training program puts students with local first responders such as firefighters and emergency services personnel to get hands-on training. LSU-SVM is one of the few veterinary schools to offer a robust training program in animal disaster response.

 

Our Team

Rebecca S. McConnico, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM (LA), Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Director, LSU-SVM-LSART Partnership Training and Response Program, Equine Branch Manager, LSART

 

Mustajab H. Mirza, MS, DVM, Clinical Assistant Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Large Animal Operations, LSART

 

Martha Littlefield, DVM, CVA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Comparative Biological Sciences, Small Animal Planning and Operations, LSART

 

Neely Walker, PhD, Equine Specialist, LSU-AgCenter

 

Renee Poirrier, DVM, CVA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Private Practitioner, Acadiana Veterinary Clinic, Director, LSART

 

Sara Deen, BS, MBA, Mobile Operations Coordinator, National Center for Biomedical Research Training, LSU

 

Cindy Meeker, Certified Farrier, CRM Farriery, Slaughter, LA, Logistics/Operations, LSART

 

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Animal Responders Train for the Next Big Storm on 10-year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

 

Give to the LSU SVM/LSART Partnership Designate funds for the LSU/LSART Disaster Support Fund