Disaster Animal Medicine
Call for Appts: (865) 974-5701
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The concept of management of animals during a disaster has been developed by veterinarians in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.
Drs. Geiser, Goble, and Linnabary are participating with the Knox County Emergency Management Agency as well as the State and other county emergency planners to develop contingency plans for the extraction and rescue of animals affected by a disaster.
A disaster can include technological and natural events. The plan also includes evacuation, emergency housing and care, and return and rehabilitation of the animals. Most recently, a hands-on seminar for emergency first responders was given for police, fire, rescue squad, and others who have little expertise with animals. Basic handling techniques were taught so that the participants would feel more comfortable working with a horse caught up in a disastrous event.
See information regarding the Anderson Sling for large animal rescues