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Role of Veterinarians in
Disasters Conference

Photo courtesy of FEMA
Nearly 15,000 animals were rescued in the weeks following hurricane Katrina.

Up to 120 current and prospective members of the Missouri Volunteer Veterinary Corps (MOVCC) will attend a two day conference at the College of Veterinary Medicine on May 19th and 20th. The conference is a joint effort by the Missouri Veterinarian Medical Association (MVMA), The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and MU Extension.

The conference is designed to provide Missouri veterinarians and veterinary students with an overview of emergency management structure, zoonotic diseases, biosecurity, and the rescue and care of pet animals in the event of a disaster. The conference will also provide a seminar on preparation of small businesses for operation during and after a disaster. “The role of the veterinarian in insuring public well-being during natural or man-made disasters is becoming increasingly important. By helping to sponsor this seminar, the MU College of Veterinary Medicine is helping to serve our state” said Dr. John Dodam, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the college.

The conference will feature:
Eric Evans, 13 year veteran of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and State Extension Emergency Management Specialist.

Dr. Vogelweid, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for the CVM Department of Pathobiology, will present “Missouri Hazards Risks.”

Dr. Howard Pue, State Public Health Veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Dr. Bill Wolff of the Missouri Volunteer Medical Corps (Information on the Missouri Volunteer Corps can be found here).

More information about the conference can be found here.

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