Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response: Online Course

Learn about the veterinarian’s role in responding to disasters and emergency events impacting animals and people

This introductory course provides students with the training and credentials needed to volunteer as a disaster responder.  Following completion of three online Incident Command Systems (ICS) training modules, the students will learn about the veterinarian’s role in ICS and the multiple agencies involved with disaster response.  First hand accounts will enable the student to appreciate what they might encounter should they deploy with a local, state, or national agency.  Finally, students will develop their own family survival plan in preparation for a natural disaster, create a “go-to” bag should they receive a request to deploy, and consider possible barriers to response and how to mitigate those barriers.

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.

  • Course Number: VEM 5061
  • Course credit: 1 Credit Hour
  • Term: Summer (Online)
  • Syllabus


Course Coordinator: Dr. Sarah Kirk
Dr. Cynda Crawford

What Our Students are Saying About the Course

“I thought this course was very informative and helpful to my understanding of disaster response”


“Great way to learn about disaster response at my own pace.”


“Great class for students in areas with frequent natural disasters.”