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Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team
Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), Animal Health and Identification programs, in conjunction with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), have developed a plan of action for response to animal disease emergencies. The plan is called the Oregon Animal Disease Emergency Management Plan and encompasses response to highly infectious disease outbreaks.
The combined staff of the ODA, Animal Health and Identification programs and USDA-Veterinary Services in Oregon will not be adequate to carry out all of the actions that will be required to quickly and efficiently respond to the incursion of a foreign animal disease, such as Foot and Mouth Disease. Therefore, the Animal Health and Identification programs have recruited veterinarians, and animal health technicians who were willing to undergo training in animal health emergency management and serve as members of the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team (OVERT).
Due to the overwhelming effect of natural and manmade disasters on animals, Animal Health and Identification programs developed the Oregon Response Planning Guide to assist local emergency managers develop plans and teams to shelter and care for animals that are evacuated with their owners or become stray due to a disaster.
Animal Health and Identification programs also initiated a Veterinary Disaster Response Team to assist local emergency managers care for animals in shelters that may have been injured or become stray due to a disaster. The Veterinary Response Team is made up of a select group of veterinarians and animal health technicians who are also members of OVERT. These team members have volunteered to respond anywhere in the state where animals are affected by natural and manmade disasters. The team members have been credentialed to satisfy the Federal Emergency Management Agency requirement when deployed in an emergency situation.
There are approximately 186 total OVERT members. Of that total, 42 OVERT members have volunteered to be on the Veterinary Disaster Response Team. If you would like more information or interested in joining either team, please call (503) 986-4680.
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If a veterinarian or animal technician in your practice is interested in joining OVERT, we encourage them to apply. Please call Dr. Brad R. LeaMaster at 503-986-4680 or email