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1/4/2019 5:01:31 PM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Veterinarian administers medical care to ill or injured animals in a post-disaster environment. Veterinary services include triaging animals, identifying diseases and abnormal conditions, performing clinical examinations, and performing surgery when necessary. During animal disease events, the Veterinarian investigates cases of animal disease, diagnoses diseases, and maintains the health of animal populations or herds. The Veterinarian treats animals in one or more of the following competency areas: 1. Companion animals, including pets, service animals, and assistance animals 2. Livestock, including food or fiber animals and domesticated equine species 3. Wildlife animals, captive wildlife, and zoo animals 4. Laboratory animals
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Veterinary Medical Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Is board certified in a specialty area of veterinary medicine, such as: 1. Anesthesia 2. Dentistry 3. Dermatology 4. Emergency and critical care 5. Internal medicine 6. Radiology 7. Surgery 8. Theriogenology 9. Toxicology
Type 2The Type 2 Veterinarian is a general practitioner and: 1. Investigates cases of animal disease 2. Triages ill or injured animals 3. Performs clinical examinations 4. Diagnoses animal diseases 5. Identifies abnormal conditions in animals 6. Recommends risk mitigation procedures for animal-to-animal and animal-to-human (zoonotic) disease transmission 7. Supervises animal disease control field operations 8. Monitors for the emergence and reemergence of diseases 9. Provides healthcare to animals 10. Advises on animal depopulation 11. Performs euthanasia 12. Oversees vaccination of animals 13. Advises on disease control and prevention 14. Monitors and recommends humane animal care standards 15. Supervises the Veterinary Assistant
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Completion of post-graduate education in a specialty area
Type 2Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent degree
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Two years of experience in a specialty area
Type 2Two years of experience in a clinical setting commensurate with the mission
Physical/Medical FitnessPPE is mission specific and may vary by work environment; it includes protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposure, eye and ear protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Performs duties under moderate circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods of time 2. Is able to work while wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 3. Keeps immunizations up to date and commensurate with mission
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Routinely provides direct patient care in the competency area specified
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsFor some responses, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) accreditation may be necessary.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Board certification in a specialty area
Type 2State, District of Columbia, or U.S. tribal- or territory-granted active status of legal authority to function as a Veterinarian
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
This position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days
For Type 1 and Type 2, requestor specifies competency areas necessary based on the animal population the position will serve
For Type 1, requestor specifies specialty areas necessary based on incident requirements
FEMA, NIMS 508: Veterinary Medical Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinary Assistant
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017