UF VETS unveils new $150,000 disaster response vehicle
May 9, 2019Pets now have additional support when a natural disaster strikes, thanks to a new $150,000 disaster response vehicle. Able to treat large and small animals, University of Florida (UF) Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (UF VETS) offers technical rescues and logistical support to veterinary clinics and other response teams, as well as provides initial assessments of impacted areas. In the past, the team has responded to hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, and animal hoarding situations. “Disaster relief is …
When disaster strikes Florida, UFVETS works to aid its animals
September 12, 2017By Donald Vaughan Cookie was following her owner across their yard in Gilchrist County, Fla., outside Gainesville, when the ground suddenly opened up, plunging the 10-year-old pug to the bottom of a 30-foot sinkhole. Among the agencies called in to rescue Cookie was the University of Florida Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (UFVETS), which provides veterinary emergency response throughout the state. Once the sinkhole had been shored up to prevent a cave-in, VETS …
Banfield sets up emergency fund for employees
January 19, 2017Chances are good that a Banfield Pet Hospital employee, of which there are more than 16,000, will be impacted by a disaster in any given year. In fact, eight Banfield associates were hit hard this year—seven by flooding in Baton Rouge, La., and one by fire.