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Animal Depopulation Specialist
11/14/2019 9:52:53 AM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Environmental Response/Health and Safety
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Animal Depopulation Specialist depopulates animals when necessary because of public health and welfare concerns, disease exposure, threat, or infection. The Animal Depopulation Specialist has knowledge and expertise in one or more specialty areas of depopulation as outlined in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, and has knowledge, expertise, and experience in depopulating 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
Animal Depopulation Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The Animal Depopulation Specialist: 1. Reviews the availability of animal handling facilities and evaluates their efficiency and safety (for animals and people) 2. Assesses the number, size, and weight of animals for depopulation 3. Assesses the staffing levels necessary for effective depopulation 4. Safely depopulates animals as trained, as expediently and humanely as possible 5. Ensures effective depopulation methodology for the species 6.Prepares animals for disposal
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-approved training in the use of approved methods of euthanasia for different species
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Demonstrates to appropriate AHJ representative a skill set relevant to depopulation methodology, or has experience working on an Animal Depopulation Team
Physical/Medical Fitness1. PPE 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. 2. NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Arduous 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 1Routinely trains with equipment and species commensurate with the mission
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
Requestor discusses animal handling supplies and equipment necessary for specific species
Requestor specifies competency areas necessary based on the animal population the position will manage
FEMA, NIMS 508: Animal Depopulation Team
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals, 2013
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), Depopulation and Disposal for Birds in Your HPAI-Infected Flock, APHIS 91-85-010, January 2016