Preparing for veterinary emergencies: Disaster management and the incident command system

John E Madigan, I. Dacre

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An important question that all veterinary schools should consider is whether veterinary students should be trained to deal with local or regional states of emergency or disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, hail and ice storms, wind storms, fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and epidemics. When a large-scale emergency or disaster does strike, the consequences can be dire for the domestic and wild animals of the region and for the humans within the vicinity of seriously and painfully injured animals. The authors argue that emergency preparedness is essential for the veterinary profession to meet its obligations to both animals and humans. The four basic components of disaster management are: mitigation, preparedness, response/emergency relief and recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-633
Number of pages7
JournalOIE Revue Scientifique et Technique
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Curriculum
  • Disaster management
  • Emergency preparedness education
  • Emergency relief
  • Incident command system
  • Mitigation
  • Natural disaster
  • Preparedness
  • Recovery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Response

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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