The Veterinary Community's Role in Disaster Management (1983)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Disaster Preparedness
Saturday |  5:00 PM -  5:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||216



Anneliese McCann
USDA / APHIS / Animal Care

Anne McCann is the National Emergency Programs Coordinator for the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal Care Program. In this capacity, Ms. McCann supports DHS/FEMA planning initiatives, serves as program liaison to Emergency Support Function #11, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and works with government and non-governmental partners to build and sustain a shared national strategy and capabilities for pet/animal emergency management. Prior to coming to USDA, Ms. McCann served as an all-hazards planner with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency supporting planning for pets, unattended children, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and as Vice President of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP). Anne has previously served as the Executive Director of the Delaware Humane Association, and has worked as a program analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs at their headquarters in DC, the Veterans Benefits Academy in Baltimore, and the Regional Office and Insurance Center in Philadelphia.

H. Jay Kerr DVM

Jay Kerr is a small animal practitioner in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a 1977 graduate of UC Davis. Jay is currently the Co-Chair of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps. He is also serving on the AVMA Committee for Disaster and Emergency Issues. He has deployed to wildfire responses in California on multiple occasions. Jay is an avid hiker and most enjoys exploring our National Parks

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


What happens to you, your clients, and your practice when a disaster strikes your community? Do you know how to “plug in” to get the help you need or to offer assistance if you can help fill critical response needs? With a little pre-planning and coordination, you, your practice, and your community can be more resilient in order to better meet the community’s urgent veterinary care needs when disaster strikes and to minimize losses if your practice is affected. As the saying goes, “It takes a village!” This session will discuss practical strategies for collaboration in emergency planning and response to help you and your community recover from disaster.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the structure of the emergency managment system and where veterinary professionals can assist in meeting your community's needs during a disaster.

2. Learn preparedness actions to build community relationships to help you and your community "weather the storm."

3. Learn about strategies for reducing losses to you and your practice if you've been affected by a disaster

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