Immersive Experience in Disaster Response (1909)  
Hands-On Education |  Workshops
Saturday |  2:00 PM -  5:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||213A



Debra Zoran DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
Texas A&M University

Dr. Deb Zoran is a Professor and Medical Operations Supervisor of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET). She is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University, has a PhD from Texas A&M University in Animal Nutrition, and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Since 1996, Dr. Zoran has been a member of the faculty at Texas A&M University where she is actively involved with clinical, teaching, and research activities in feline and canine nutrition, gastrointestinal diseases and disaster preparedness and response. She is a foundational member of the TAMU Veterinary Emergency Team and has been deployed 12 times since 2011.

Wesley Bissett DVM
Texas A&M University

Presentation Info

Audience: Practice Managers
CE Credit(s): 4.00
CE Level: 2
Price: $145
Capacity: 24


Participants in this interactive simulation laboratory will join the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team in responding to an F4 tornado. The tornado will have unfortunately impacted urban and rural areas and resulted in injuries to companion and large animals. The instructors will help the attendees work through the process of pre-deployment activities and the considerations for what levels of participation may be best for you and your practice. Once we are prepared to respond, the issues  that  must  be  dealt  with  in  the  chaotic   environment  of the early phases  of  an  emergency  response  while  simultaneously  dealing  with complications introduced  by  victims,  other  emergency  responders,  media, and the self-deployed  volunteer will be presented through using an interactive simulation experience. The simulation platform being  used  provides  a  ground­-breaking  platform for allowing  participants to  experience  the  realities  of  an  emergency response.  Following the response activities, the group will participate in and learn how to properly participate and lead an AAR (after action review).

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will understand the value of an organized approach to veterinary medical emergency response

2. Participants will demonstrate the ability to implement triage and treatment protocols appropriate for a disaster environment

3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to handle complications introduced by a variety of people impacted by, responding to, or attempting to take advantage of a disaster situation