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Animals are often caught up in disasters along with people, so veterinarians have an important role in disaster response.
Veterinarians play an important role in the immediate aftermath, in assessing which animals can be treated effectively and humanely euthanasing the more severely injured. They are also important in reuniting companion animals with their owners.
The AVA regularly communicates with animal owners and veterinarians about how to plan ahead to protect and care for animals and veterinary practices in the event of a natural disaster.
Veterinary hospitals, like all animal businesses, also need to make sure they also have a plan for the animals in their care in the event of an emergency.
We have online resources for veterinarians on treating animals injured in natural disasters, and resources for practices to help clients remember the importance of preparing for an emergency.