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January 26, 2013

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UI Students Organize Training Program for Large Animal Emergency Response

URBANA - 150 veterinary students, veterinarians, and first responders (such as firefighters) attended a two-day training session on how to deal with large animals involved in emergency situations, ranging from natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina to barn fires to overturned transport vehicles.

The Large Animal Emergency Rescue Training Program, held January 26 and 27 at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, was the first such program to be offered in Illinois. It was organized by veterinary student members of the Illinois Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the Production Medicine Club (PMC). Veterinarians often play a key role in response to emergencies involving animals, but live training opportunities like this are rare.

National consultant Rebecca Gimenez, of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, was the key presenter in the awareness course. Topics covered included an introduction to emergencies with large animals, transportation incidents and other scenarios, supplies and equipment used in rescues, roles at the scene, emergency transport of animals, field euthanasia, and evacuation planning.

Hands-on learning and demonstrations included:
  • Approaches for maneuvering and rescuing injured large animals
  • Overview of cutting equipment, rescue rope and other equipment on fire & rescue trucks
  • Heavy rescue rope and mechanical advantage use in large animal rescue
Attendees included veterinary students from the University of Illinois and eight other U.S. veterinary schools; firefighters from departments in Urbana, Naperville, and Humboldt, in Illinois and Medina, Ohio; first responders from the Illinois Fire & Safety Institute, the Illinois Veterinary Emergency Response Team, and the Missouri Emergency Response Service Large Animal Rescue; personnel from the USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services; and area veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary technician students.

A generous grant from Pfizer Animal Health helped fund this training opportunity for veterinary students from Illinois and around the country.