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Veterinary Disaster Response

ISBN: 978-0-8138-0727-0
584 pages
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Veterinary Disaster Response is the essential guide to disaster training, preparation, planning, and recovery. The book takes a question-and-answer format to promote understanding and outline the steps for veterinary response to natural and man-made disasters. Veterinary Disaster Response is a must-have reference for anyone involved in disaster medicine, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, animal control and shelter personnel, search and rescue personnel, and emergency response teams.
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Table of Contents

1. Training.

1.1 An Introduction to the Incident Command System.

1.2 Leadership during a Disaster.

1.3 Communications.

1.4 Basic map, Compass, and GPS Skills.

1.5 Records and Animal Identification.

1.6 Veterinary Risk Assessment of the Disaster Site.

1.7 Risk Communication and Dealing with the Media.

1.8 Biosecurity Fundamentals for Animal Response Personnel in a Farm/Livestock Disaster.

1.9 Veterinary Triage.

1.10 Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction.

1.11 Zoonosis and Zoonotic Diseases.

1.12 Public Health.

1.13 Hazardous Materials.

1.14 Personal Protection Equipment.

1.15 Basic Veterinary Decontamination: Who, What, Why?

1.16 Wildlife Handling.

1.17 Domestic Animal Handling.

1.18 Small Animal First Aid.

1.19 Large Animal First Aid.

1.20 Equine Emergency Sheltering.

1.21 Companion Animal Sheltering.

1.22 Disinfection for Avian, Large, and Small Animal Facilities.

1.23 Pain Management in Veterinary Disaster Medicine.

1.24 Humane Euthanasia of Animals.

1.25 Carcass Disposal following a Veterinary Disaster.

2. Planning.

2.1 Elements of a Disaster Plan for Animals.

2.2 Disaster Planning for Private Practice.

2.3 Community Animal Emergency Planning.

2.4 State Response to Disasters.

2.5 State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (Including State Animal Response Team (SART) programs and State Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (VMRC)).

2.6 Federal Response to Veterinary Disasters.

2.7 Military Role in Veterinary Disaster Response.

3. Preparation.

3.1 Family versus Business during a Disaster.

3.2 Preparing Your Practice for an Impending Disaster.

3.3 Preparing the Farm and Animals for a Disaster.

3.4 Noah’s Burden – A Prolegomenon to the Ethics of Veterinary Disaster Response.

4. Recovery.

4.1 Care for the Caregiver: Psychological and Emotional Factors in Veterinary Disaster Response.

4.2 Disaster Assistance for Homeowners, Renters, and  Business Owners.

4.3 American Veterinary Medical Foundation Disaster Assistance.

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Author Information

Wayne E. Wingfield, MS, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, is a Veterinary Medical Officer and Squad Leader of NMRT-Central USA and Emeritus Professor of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Colorado State University.

Sally B. Palmer, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and a Veterinary Medical Officer of NMRT - Central USA.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Essential guide to disaster training, preparation, planning, and recovery
  • Outlines procedures for veterinary response to natural and man-made disasters
  • Presented in question-and-answer format for ease of use
  • Combines science with clinical and practical applications
  • Covers disaster management in the field and at the practice, city, state, and national level
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"A pick for any practicing ER vet or veterinary library. It uses a question-and-answer format to outline steps for veterinary response to either natural or man-made disasters, covering training, procedures, and applied science in the field. Any practicing vet needs this, which comes packed with color photos, charts, and sidebars of at-a-glance information." -Midwest Book Review, July 2009 
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