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ID
1-508-1230
Name
Veterinary Medical Team
Status
Published
Updated
9/28/2018 5:08:33 PM
Released
06/19/2018
Description
The Veterinary Medical Team provides care to animals in a field setting or an existing veterinary medical facility, such as a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, mobile medical unit, or portable temporary hospital setting
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
This team provides medical care for animals in one or more of the following populations: 1. Companion animals, including pets, service animals, and assistance animals 2. Livestock, including food or fiber animals and domesticated equine species 3. Wildlife, captive wildlife, or zoo animals 4. Laboratory animals
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss logistics for deploying this team, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment 2. This team typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days 3. Requestor specifies competency areas necessary based on the animal population this team will serve, including specific species 4. Requestor specifies approximate number of animals requiring treatment, so provider can estimate appropriate resources and staffing 5. Requestor specifies treatment location 6. Requestor supplements clinical staff by ordering a Healthcare Logistics Coordination and Support Team if logistics, equipment, supplies, and Information Technology/communications support are necessary 7. Individuals responding with this team possess the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to function in the clinical area the requestor specifies 8. Requestor agrees to accept all credentials of the provider's team members, allowing the supplied team to function in existing facilities 9. Requestor orders support specialists such as Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians separately 10. Requestor orders additional specialists as necessary—specialists in anesthesia, dentistry, dermatology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, radiology, surgery, theriogenology, toxicology, and so on 11. Type 2, Type 3, and Type 4 teams provide acute and primary care to stabilize critical patients so the patients can evacuate to intact veterinary facilities outside the disaster area 12. The Type 1 team supports an affected area when animals cannot evacuate to fixed facilities outside the area because of distance or transportation issues
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
Capabilities Per Team Medical1. Team members have medical and handling expertise specific to the competency area and animal population they will serve. 2. Depending on incident conditions and species served, Type 4 teams can examine and treat 10 to 50 working animals or 75 to 100 noncritical animal patients per day, on average. 3. Requestor provides equipment for surgery and radiography, unless the provider otherwise specifies.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Tertiary care 2. Hospitalization 3. Post-decontamination treatment and monitoring
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1. Surgery 2. Radiography
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: Minor surgery
Type 4This team provides: 1. Acute and primary care support 2. Health screening
Capabilities Per Team Treatment LocationEquipment needs depend on competency area.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3This team provides care in portable/mobile temporary veterinary medical settings or as field response
Type 4This team provides care at an existing facility, such as a veterinary hospital or a shelter, or as field response
Equipment Per Team Medical1. Requestor provides equipment for surgery and radiography, unless the provider otherwise specifies. 2. Teams may also need species-specific handling equipment, such as halters, lead ropes, lariat ropes, cattle panels, squeeze chutes, leather gloves, muzzles, leashes, and traps.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: Major surgical packs
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1. Minor surgical packs 2. Anesthetic drugs and delivery system
Type 4Basic primary and acute care veterinary medical supplies and equipment
Equipment Per Team Member CommunicationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41. Two-way portable radio 2. Cell phone
Equipment Per Team Member Personal Protective EquipmentThe following regulation addresses PPE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4PPE is mission specific and may vary by work environment; it includes: 1. Protective footwear 2. Protective clothing for skin exposure 3. Eye and ear protection 4. Respirators 5. Gloves 6. Masks
Personnel Per Team Management and OversightFor Type 4 teams, any team member having completed ICS 300 may function as team leader, or the existing chain of command provides management and oversight at the requestor’s discretion.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 31 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
Type 4Not Specified
Personnel Per Team MinimumNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 113
Type 210
Type 37
Type 43
Personnel Per Team Support1. Requestor may substitute a Type 1 Veterinarian certified in a specific specialty area based on incident requirements. 2. Requestor may substitute Type 1 Veterinary Assistants for Type 2 Veterinary Assistants based on incident requirements.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type 2 Veterinarian 2 –NIMS Type 2 Veterinary Assistant
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type 2 Veterinarian 2 – NIMS Type 2 Veterinary Assistant
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type 2 Veterinarian 2 – NIMS Type 2 Veterinary Assistant
Type 41 – NIMS Type 2 Veterinarian 2 – Type 2 Veterinary Assistant
570
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Healthcare Logistics Coordination and Support Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Emergency Response Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Pharmacist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Pharmacy Technician
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinarian
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinary Assistant
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.132: Personal Protective Equipment, latest edition adopted
National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV), Compendia pages containing Veterinary Standards and Infection Control Measures, latest edition adopted
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), National Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, Physical Fitness Levels, October 2016