Accession Number:

ADA510801

Title:

Veterinary Disaster Response at the National Level

Descriptive Note:

Civilian Research Paper

Corporate Author:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2009-04-10

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services DHHS mission is to protect the health of all Americans in particular those who are not able to help themselves. At question is how animals fit into this mission. The attachment people feel toward their pets - referred to as the human-animal bond - is real, and separation can affect the well-being of both. Where DHHS could play a prominent role in supporting this bond is in the following areas educating the public, healthcare providers, and disaster responders as to the importance of animals to human health providing strategic level veterinary clinical and public health guidance by embedding U.S. Public Health Service USPHS veterinarians on key federal teams restructuring the National Veterinary Response Teams NVRTs by reestablishing a publicprivate partnership with the American Veterinary Medical Association and establishing a working group to plan how to accomplish these recommendations and improve federal agency interaction.

Subject Categories:

  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE