ASPCA, LDAF, LSART, and LSU Veterinary School, host Animal Responder Bootcamp

Animal responders, veterinarians, veterinary hospital staff and veterinary students learn how to rescue a horse using a dummy horse

BATON ROUGE—The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, the ASPCA, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and the Louisiana State Animal Response Team are hosting an Animal Responder Bootcamp from April 8-14, 2019, at the LSU SVM. This is course provides a comprehensive overview of the Louisiana Animal Response Plan and how veterinarians and animal responders can assist their communities with planning for and responding to animal issues that may arise during disasters in their communities. With expertise in animal health and public health related to people and animals, veterinarians are in a unique position to assist their local officials with developing and implementing an animal response plan. This course is designed to assist the veterinary students gain an understanding of Louisiana's Animal Plan as well as local animal plans, how veterinarians can assist their community before, during and after a disaster, identify common safety issues associated with animal response during disasters and mitigate common public health and safety issues associated with animal response. With a combination of lecture and hands-on labs, students will be exposed to pet evacuation and pet shelter guidelines, animal decontamination guidelines and technical large animal response techniques.

Courses include the following:

  • Introduction to Disasters: Federal, State and Parish;
  • Jurisdictional Authority and Assessment;
  • LSART Pet Evacuation and Sheltering;
  • Personal Preparedness: Go Kits;
  • Large and Small Animal Dec-con;
  • Large Animal Technical Rescue;
  • Fracture stabilization;
  • Large Animal Disaster Response;
  • Slack water training; and more.

The LSART/LSU disaster response team dedicates themselves to being available to provide needed aid during a disaster, and continue to use these experiential opportunities as a teaching tool for present and future veterinarians and other animal care personnel. Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac, the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the Mississippi River flooding in Tennessee (May 2011), the flooding in south Louisiana in August 2016 and smaller scale rescues including vehicular accidents and flood rescues make up the list of responses since the group was formalized in 2005.  

More information is available online

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research, and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.


Media Contacts

Ginger Guttner, APR

Communications Manager

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine


Alyssa Fleck