Emergency Vet Team Ready to Save Animals

Helping your pets survive disaster

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Thursday, Dec 16, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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Andrew Tanielian

Team is ready to help pets in Texas and around the country survive disasters.

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When disaster strikes, Texas A&M's Emergency Veterinary Response Team will be there to save your pets.

Veterinarians and their techs are ready to travel anywhere in Texas, and the country, to calm catastrophe caused by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes or other devastating weather.

The team is equipped with a triage tent, mobile operating room, trucks and field first-aid kits.

Dr. Wesley Bissett helped create, assemble and get funding to build the team.

"Being able to support them and provide for their care is a special thing," he said.

"(Hurricane) Rita was intense. As a state -- as a state vet community -- we saw what happened in (Hurricane) Katrina and did everything that we could," said Dr. Deb Zoran, who's thrilled to see the team and equipment finally assembled. "It's so exciting. It's so exciting."

Zoran said vets at A&M who watched the devastation from hurricanes Ike and Rita wanted to be equipped to do more. They spent the years since organizing the response team.

Team member Amanda Barnes said she hopes other communities take notice.

"We hope that this becomes a model for other states," she said.

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