Equine Practitioners in Emergency/Disasters: Welfare and Personal Concerns (1542)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Animal Welfare
Friday |  2:00 PM -  2:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217A



William Moyer DVM, BS
Texas A&M University

Dr. Moyer received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1970. He has built, owned, and managed a mixed animal practice and served on faculties at University of Pennsylvania and Texas A&M. He retired from Texas A&M in 2015 but remains active as a consultant. He co-developed the Veterinary Emergency Veterinary Team at Texas A&M and has over nearly 50 years of experience in a wide variety of human and animal emergencies as the result of either man-made or naturally occurring disasters. He also served as President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


The number and severity of significant disasters in our country has risen in the last decade. They may be in the form of naturally occurring events (tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires); accidental (explosions, toxic chemical/oil spills, fires); or, unfortunately, man made (terrorism). The need for veterinary expertise is clearly evident and the public both expects and deserve veterinary care. However, in the event that you choose to volunteer in an emergency or disaster situation, there are a number of considerations to take into account before loading up and leaving. The presentation is designed to understand the concerns and thus how to plan and act and thus includes: knowledge of potential and real risks and hazards to the volunteer - safety to include situational awareness is the first and most important concern; the importance of having both personal/family and practice evacuation plans; credentialing/licensing and on-site identification of yourself and responders; understanding and thus providing the desired skill sets; understanding incident command and communication structure necessities; euthanasia in the absence of owners and animal welfare considerations; carcass disposal and public health concerns; medical and material supplies; triage in the face of large animal numbers to match resources (available animal shelters and willing veterinary hospitals, medications, bandages, etc.); required medical records; concerns with controlled drugs; how to deal with the press – DON’T; as well the requirement for personal needs (housing, food, safety equipment, etc.). As a direct result of my present role with the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team along with over 4 decades of experience in disasters I have become much more familiar with how chaotic and challenging these situations can be. They also have been my most favored life experiences. The presentation is challenged with providing a set of concerns and solutions.

Learning Objectives

1. Considerations for volunteering service during disaster situations

2. Planning for disaster situation as an equine veterinarian

3. Action plans and solutions for use by equine veterinarians during disaster situations

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