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ID
1-509-1341
Name
Veterinary Assistant
Status
Published
Updated
1/4/2019 5:01:47 PM
Released
06/19/2018
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Veterinary Assistant performs veterinary support duties under the direct supervision of a Veterinarian and administers medical care to ill or injured 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
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: The Type 1 Veterinary Assistant has a Veterinary Technician or equivalent degree, certificate, or formal training and: 1.Helps administer anesthesia and diagnostic imaging under the supervision of a Veterinarian 2.Performs other duties commensurate with state board regulations for the position
Type 2The Type 2 Veterinary Assistant assists a Veterinarian; specifically, this position: 1. Provides proper handling and restraint of animals 2. Provides basic medical care to animals 3. Maintains medical records 4. Performs laboratory tests 5. Assists with other veterinary support duties under the direct supervision of a Veterinarian
Components
Component Notes  
EducationStudents in accredited Veterinary, Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Assistant, or equivalent programs may deploy as Type 2 Veterinary Assistants if they meet the training requirements below.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of a Veterinary Technician or equivalent degree, certificate, or formal training
Type 2Not Applicable
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
Type 2Two years of experience in a practice 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 CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1State, District of Columbia, or U.S. tribal- or territory-granted active status of legal authority to function as a Veterinary Technician or equivalent, if applicable
Type 2Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
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
Requestor specifies competency areas necessary based on the animal population the position will serve
763
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Veterinary Medical Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinarian
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017