ELEC 522 Veterinary Disaster Emergency Management

(2 cr.) (Didactic 0.67 cr./Other 0.33 cr.)

This course covers the background and basic training needed for veterinary responders in natural and human-made disasters. Topics covered include animal and public health in disasters; the veterinarians role in preparation response, liability, and legal issues; local, federal, and global organizations involved in disaster planning and response; decontamination; water/foodborne illnesses, pets, zoonoses; animal disease outbreaks; carcass disposal; crisis communication; human and animal bond.

One-third of the course is dedicated to small-group assignments/ presentations involving animal issues in disasters and recommended preparedness/responses.