Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness (CAFSP)

DHS Instructor-Led Course

MGT 364: Use of a Standardized Credentialing Program for Management of an Animal Response and Recovery


Man rescuing a cat in a flood

This course will prepare participants to utilize the Animal Emergency Response Resource Typing and Credentialing templates, and position task books to manage an animal-related disaster response and recovery at the local, state and regional level. This course will support the development of collaborative resource sharing plans and agreements to effectively manage an animal-related disaster response and recovery within a community and/ or region. Participants will be able to choose from four exercises at a course delivery: animal disease outbreak, earthquake, wild fire, and storms/flooding.

MGT 364 Brochure


This course will describe the establishment and management of a credentialing system for animal emergency responders including utilizing position descriptions, task books, and the Resource Ordering and Status System.

Key Learning Points

Participants will learn the key components and benefits of a credentialing system, an overview of the national credentialing standards for AERs, how to conduct a gap analysis, how to order needed people, and resources using common terminology.

Target Audience

Personnel with mid-to upper-level planning and resource management responsibility for the response to an animal-related disaster, including emergency managers, law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, Search and Rescue, veterinarians, extension, public health, academia, animal control, non-governmental organizations [e.g. State Animal Response Team, Red Cross, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and Salvation Army], tribal nations and military involved in disaster response, and federal, state, and local agencies and elected officials.


Participants are recommended to complete the web-based course entitled “Utilization of National Credentialing Standards for Animal Emergency Responders: An Introduction”.


12 hours



Time Allocation


Course Overview and Administration

1 hour


Building a Standardized Credentialing System

1.5 hours


Pre-Incident Credentialing and Position Task Books

2 hours


Use of Resource Typing, Credentialing and Position Task Books to Facilitate the Sharing of Resources

2.5 hours


Regional Collaboration Models

1 hour


Practical Exercise

3 hours


Course Evaluation and Administration of Post-Test

1 hour

Note: Funding for this course was made possible, in part, by the Department of Homeland Security through grant R181731094, views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Homeland Security; nor does any mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organization imply endorsement by the United States Government.


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