The Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CO VMRC) and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps- West (CO VMRC-W) provide veterinary professionals and animal emergency responders with the training and credentialing necessary to support animal health and public health emergency response.
The COVMRC and COVMRC-W are Medical Reserve Corps Unit under the Colorado Medical Reserve Corps program and are supported by a broad multi-agency partnership. CO VMRC and COVMRC-W may be deployed in one of three general ways:
1. By local emergency management to provide veterinary and animal emergency response support during emergency situations.
2. By the State Veterinarian during an animal health emergency or other state-level incident where veterinary and animal response personnel are needed.
3. By the Unit Coordinator to support a planned event where service animals are utilized and are in need of care.
The COVMRC-W primarily includes the counties and tribal areas west of the Continental Divide and the San Luis Valley.
Individuals interested in joining CO VMRC or COVMRC-W should first complete the IS 100b (Incident Command System) and IS 700a (National Incident Management System) web classes through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute. These classes prepare participants for understanding the framework under which animal response operates.
Individuals must complete the Colorado Animal Response Training. The training series is offered upon request in seminar format or can be completed on-line (see below). Topics include:
1. Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (COVMRC)
2. Animal Response and Emergency Management
3. Animal Emergency Response Planning
4. Emergency Preparedness
5. Basic Sheltering
6. Health and Safety
7. Animal Behavior
8. Animal Handling
See COVMRC in action in Colorado Springs by watching this clip from CNN and checking out the photos below. Thanks for everyone who helped before, during, and after these wildfires.
Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Kim Spelts, CVT supported veterinary medical care of animals displaced by the Waldo Canyon Fire at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps members set up and stock the pet supply section of the Donations Center for those impacted by the High Park Fire in Larimer County.
PetAid Colorado Disaster Services, at the request of the Colorado Springs Emergency Operations Center, deployed the American Humane Red Star Team in response to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Red Star members Tracy Reis and Diane Robinson (middle, right) are joined by Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps member, Kris Field (left) who combined efforts to support a co-located small animal shelter operation.