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Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Courtesy of LSU-LSART PartnershipWhen an emergency or natural disaster occurs, it is always in the best interest of the horses for both the equine practitioner and the horse owner to be prepared. Foreign animal disease outbreaks or other catastrophic events can adversely affect the health and well-being of horses. The preparation must be as thorough as possible knowing that circumstances will highlight the weaknesses rather than the strengths of those involved.

In today's world, the equine practitioner must prepare him or herself, family, the practice, and the clients for what to do in a disaster situation. The equine practitioner is uniquely qualified to understand and treat the injuries and stresses of horses in a disaster as well as understand the logistical factors associated with a rapid or planned evacuation of horses. Once the catastrophe strikes, the veterinarian will be seen as an important professional resource.

View Disaster Medicine/Management Guidelines here.

Horse Owner Resources

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