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Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response: Online Course

– Course Numbers:
VEM 5061 / VME 6820 / all sections

– Course credit:
1 Graduate Credit Hour

– Term:
Spring / Summer / Fall

Learn How Veterinarians Can Respond to Disasters

This course introduces students to the basics of responding to disasters as a veterinary responder and builds a base for further development in responder training.  Students receive training on Incident Command Systems (ICS), learn about the role of veterinarians in disaster response through first-hand accounts and case studies, and craft their own disaster response plan and ICS organizational chart.

Students who complete the course will be added to a database of FEMA-trained basic-volunteer responders at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.


Lead Instructor

Dr. Cynda CrawfordCrawford_Square
DVM, PhD

Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine, University of Florida

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Course Coordinator

Dr. Terry SpencerTerry Spencer, DVM, MEd

Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine
Director of Online Learning, Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program


Required Resources

No texts are required for this course. All readings and resources are contained within the online course management system.