VERT horse response

Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT)

Veterinary Emergency Response Team

The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team (UCD VERT) was formed in 1997 after the Yuba County floods.  The unit functioned as a veterinary response team for accidents involving horses, mules and other large animals.  The team responded to large animal accidents, providing large animal technical rescue and equine helicopter rescue, as well as response to large scale disasters for Yolo and adjacent counties.  The UCD VERT expanded, and in January 2008 it became a registered Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Unit. The MRC program is under the umbrella of the Civilian Volunteer Office of the Surgeon General, part of the National Citizen Corps Program.

Members of the UCD VERT are registered Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) at the DHV Medical Reserve Corps and also Disaster Service Worker Volunteers at the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services.  People working within the veterinary field that are interested in becoming a volunteer in the UCD VERT can contact us for more information. 

The UCD VERT MRC can be deployed in Yolo and other counties upon request by the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services (OES), or in declared state disasters.   Our work as a Medical Reserve Corps Unit has allowed us to respond to a number of incidents and disasters over the last 10 years.  Our response has ranged from assisting in the effort against the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009 to the response to wildfires including the recent devastating disasters such as the Tubbs Fire in 2017 and the Camp Fire in 2018 (The deadliest California fire on record), and Kincade Fire in 2019, the Lightening Complex, North Complex and Glass Fire in 2020.


This program relies on donor support and does not charge for its activities.


Student VERT Club

Student VERT Club

sVERT is a veterinary student led club, dedicated to emergency disaster preparedness.

The students recruit UC Davis faculty, private practitioners, emergency managers and other stakeholders to provide lectures, case studies, and hands-on laboratories in disaster medicine as well as seeking external service and outreach opportunities in communities as their schedules allow.

In May 2017, over 65 students completed the pilot extracurricular specialized study program on disaster medicine called the Specialized Study Program. Our family has grown bigger since and we now have over 100 students who have completed the program! Students learn about core lectures on Agency authority/Incident Command System, Biosecurity, and Humane Euthanasia and get the option of tracking Students then chose companion animal track, large animal track, or mixed track (both tracks) to get further in-depth training on animal specific emergency protocols. 

Learn more about the Specialized Study Program HERE

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