Kansas State Animal Response Team
By Dr. Christen Skaer, President
Hello everyone from the Kansas State Animal Response Team (KS SART)! It seems impossible that fall is already upon us as the summer flew by! We’ve been very busy building response teams across Kansas and the Board of Directors is thrilled with the progress that has been made. Our goal has always been to train volunteers in every corner of the State to respond to animal needs during disasters. We began our fight five short years ago following the Greensburg tornado. Today, we have teams in place in all of the seven regions of Kansas! We sincerely thank all of you for your dedication to this important issue and we look forward to many more successful summers.
As part of the KS SART, we have been building our KS Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (KS VMRC). This group is designed as a subgroup of KS SART and is dedicated to training veterinarians and registered Veterinary Technicians for triage and disaster medical care. We hosted our Annual KS VMRC conference in conjunction with the KSU June Conference. Kevin Dennison, the Western Regional Emergency Programs manager for USDA APHIS Animal Care, was our speaker and he provided us with great info on how veterinarians should respond to disasters.
We are excited to announce our 5th Annual Kansas State Animal Response Team conference. We will host this conference November 2nd and 3rd at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita. Many of you may have attended our 1st and 2nd conferences at KU and you’ll remember what a great venue they provide. This conference will include veterinarians, shelter workers, CERT members and the general public. We are thrilled have Cheryl Eia, DVM the Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness and Response for the AVMA as our keynote speaker. We will also provide all of the required courses to be a team member and some fun courses to boot! This will be a great way to meet others in Kansas working on animal disaster response and to learn important new skills. Please join us!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. If you’d like volunteer, I’d love to hear from you! We need veterinarians to be involved in their local teams to make this successful! Have a wonderful fall and we hope to see you in November!