Disaster Animal Preparedness

Front Range Region


Primary Topic:

Emergency Planning and Resources

Other Topics:

Economic and Community Development, Food and Agriculture, Health and Well-Being, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Lead Mentor:  

Ragan Adams

State Veterinary Extension Specialist

Internship Overview:

The Disaster Animal Preparedness internship is in its 6th year. It will hire 2 DVM students entering their second or third year of the curriculum. The internship has three focuses: First is to train the students in animal preparedness, response and recovery in an all hazards framework and to have the students gain experience working with fellow professionals in this field. .The internship is state wide and much of the time this summer will be spent with Dan Frazen, the recently hired EM at CDA, encouraging producers to prepare, respond and recover from emergencies. The community research component will be chosen by the interns from the opportunities present during the summer and guided by experts at CDA, Dept of Homeland Security and Dr Frank Garry.

Goals, Scope and Objectives:

(1) Learn about disaster animal preparedness, response and recovery. Take FEMA courses 100 and 700 and become member of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Response team
(2) Work with professionals in disaster work, community leaders in emergency preparedness, public health professionals, animal owners and animal producers, CDA experts.
(3) Help CDA Dan Frazen prepare animal owners of all types and numbers to prepare, respond and recover from disasters of all types.

With which stakeholder group(s) will the intern work?

CDA, County emergency management, county agents, animal owners, producers, public health, state DVM

What student learning outcomes do you anticipate and what are the opportunities for professional development?

Membership in Colorado Veterinary medical Response Corps
Opportunities to join EM trainings and possible responses where appropriate
Experience with preparedness promotions and structure of response and recovery
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