NC State Vet Students Get Disaster Response Training

December 9, 2009
By Chris Richter
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Students in NC State's Veterinary Credential Responder training program suit up in protective equipment for an exercise simulating an outbreak of the Avian Influenza. (Photograph by Wendy Savage)

NC State News Services put out a release yesterday that really shows the breadth of training students get at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Future vets are required to get disaster-response training and earn state and federal disaster training certification. They learn how to do things like set up mobile animal shelters and deal with disease:

Students are also taught how to respond to an epidemic in livestock in order to stop disease from spreading — a crucial step in preventing disruption of local and regional economies that depend on animal agriculture. Preventive measures include quarantining animals, as well as ensuring that veterinarians, farmers and others don’t spread the disease.

We just wrapped up the winter issue of NC State magazine, which includes a story on CVM and advancements in veterinary medicine. We’ll be posting related material to the blog in the coming weeks, so check back often.

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3 Responses to “NC State Vet Students Get Disaster Response Training”

  1. David says:

    I think this is a very smart move given how many of these outbreaks have been happening lately. I think the idea of setting up mobile pet shelters is also a great idea.

  2. Dave Green says:

    The Veterinary Credential Responder Training Program gives NC State DVM graduates the skills ncessary to serve as a federally-approved first responder to natural or manmade disasters. This includes safeguarding human health and well-being as well as animals–particularly important in rural communities.

  3. Kathryn Clark says:

    that is so cool!

    I never thought that something like this would be included in veterinary training. its amazing how much you learn to get your DVM…
    looks like so much fun 🙂

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