The UF VETS team can provide assistance within the state to meet a variety of needs. UF VETS can also be requested through EMAC (Emergency Management Assistance Compact) to another state during a major disaster.
Assessment or Logistics Support
UF VETS can deploy a rapid response assessment team consisting of a team leader, team members, trucks, and a base camp trailer to support the team with food, shelter, and power. The team will also be able to carry sufficient fuel and water to be self-contained.
Deployable Field Hospital
UF VETS can deploy a hospital team to include a team leader, patient care teams, pharmacy support, team logistics, as well as technical rescue and assessment resources, trucks, a base camp trailer, a field hospital equipment trailer, and field hospital treatment tents. The team will also be able to carry sufficient fuel, water, and food to be self-contained. The field hospital has limited diagnostic capability (no advanced radiography or lab equipment at this time). The hospital includes gas anesthesia, basic surgery packs, autoclave, surgery lights, tables, etc. The team can work with veterinarians provided by the requesting state to reduce UF VETS personnel. Deployment of the field hospital may be in conjunction with a shelter team.
Previous Missions and Deployments
- Hurricane Charley – 2004
- Hurricane Frances – 2004
- Hurricane Jeanne – 2004
- Hurricane Wilma – 2005
- Equine Herpesvirus Outbreak (South Florida) – 2006
- Bugaboo Fires (North Florida) – 2007
- Animal Impoundment (Hendry County) – 2009
- Canine Emergency Shelter (Sumter County) – 2010
- Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Panhandle) – 2010
- Cat Hoarding Operation (Alachua County) – 2011
- Hurricane Matthew (North Florida) – 2016
- Hurricane Irma (Key West) – 2017
- Canine Hoarding Operation (Dixie County) – 2020
Help Support Disaster Response
UF VETS is primarily funded through grants and donations. Supplies, equipment, generators, tents, trailers, air conditioners, and trucks must be maintained to ensure that we are prepared to deploy during a disaster. Your support helps us to keep our team trained and assets ready for the next event. We appreciate your support!