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DAM Vets — the Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine Disaster Action Management Team — is dedicated to providing disaster response training and education to veterinarians, veterinary support staff and veterinary students. DAM Vets is part of a collaborative effort with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to coordinate veterinary disaster response and continue to develop and expand OVERT, the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team.
All events are restricted to veterinarians, veterinary support staff and veterinary students.
For questions or comments, please contact DAM Vets.
Stay tuned for future opportunities.
VERGE Seminar Series No. 1 – Disaster Response Anatomy and Pathology
(Veterinary Emergency Response Groups Education)
Held Saturday, June 18, 2022
OVERT and DAM Vets are partnering to provide a quarterly series of educational seminars designed to address the learning objectives designated by the American Veterinary Medical Association as core competencies for veterinary first responders. Guest speakers at this first seminar will include ODA State Veterinarian Ryan Scholz, DVM. Dick Green, Ed.D., the author of the book “Animals in Disaster” and former director of disaster operations for America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. ASPCA Manager of Disaster Response Tim Perciful.
All Disasters Great and Small: Veterinary Perspectives in Disaster Response
Held Wednesday, April 20, 2022
The Oregon State University Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Veterinary Emergency Response Team, hosted this event to gather veterinarians, veterinary support staff and veterinary students interested in and willing to participate in coordinated disaster response efforts in Oregon.
Veterinarians Dr. Mary Whitlock and Dr. Pat Long, both OVERT members, shared their perspectives and experiences from previous disasters as well as offered guidance into how others can contribute and be involved in future endeavors. This event was the first of many planned events as we continue to expand and develop OVERT and disaster response training in Oregon.
This event counts for one hour of continuing education credit (not RACE® approved). Please contact Event and Alumni Relations Coordinator Sara Smith for CE credit.
Watch the recording.
Dr. Pat Long is a practicing veterinarian in Linn County who has been a member of OVERT since its inception. He participated in many training events over the years and has been deployed to assist in requests for service during a variety of disasters. This has included the Super Storm Sandy shelter care (2012 - FEMA), avian influenza farm/barn clean up (2015 - USDA) and the California Camp Fire shelter care (2018 - OVERT).
Dr. Mary Whitlock is a practicing veterinarian in Lane County who’s been a member of OVERT since 2008. As a key member of the Lane County Animals in Disaster Task Force, she was instrumental in efforts to respond to the Holiday Farm Fire in 2020 and was also actively involved in animal response efforts during the 2018 Camp Fire. She and colleague Kathy Snell, DVM, were instrumental in drawing up Lane County’s Response Plan for Animals in Disaster which included a deployable disaster response trailer fully stocked with medical supplies.
Gifts to the Dean's Fund for Disaster Response are used for the treatment and care of animals affected by disasters where our veterinarians play a critical role in helping these animals.
What to do: Run under cold water for at least 20 minutes. Evidence suggests that this can reduce pain and edema, reduce the depth of the burn, decrease the overall inflammatory response, improve the speed of wound healing and minimize scarring.
Pain management should be a priority: Treating pain early and aggressively has been shown to prevent psychological trauma and even to improve healing. A multimodal analgesic approach is recommended.
What not to do: Treat with ice. Ice causes severe vasoconstriction and can even deepen the burn.
Similar to humans, smoke exposure can have negative effects on animal health. Monitoring air quality with sites like airnow.gov, can help you make decisions about when to bring animals indoors, transport them, let them out or even potentially allow light exercise like walks. Owners should also remain cognizant of their own exposure to poor quality air during animal care activities.
Animals exposed to thick smoke and direct fire situations can develop severe thermal injury to their airways which can cause life threatening respiratory distress — animals in these situations should be monitored closely for signs of disease and veterinary assistance should be accessed. Animals with pre-existing problems such as asthma may also have disease signs exacerbated by poor air quality and may need veterinary attention to adjust medication regimens.