Being Prepared for Equine Disasters
"Horses depend on us for SHELTER, as well as food and water - a large part of that "shelter" definition is providing safe trailering, safe housing, and preparing an evacuation plan for them in case of disaster. Sometimes the biggest disaster is getting them to the veterinarian when they are injured or colicky - but it might be as horrific as dealing with an overturned horse trailer or reacting to a wildfire overtaking your town. When an animal steps into your trailer, pasture or barn - can it expect to have the safest situation? This presentation will discuss both preparation strategies, as well as response tactics for situations where local emergencies affect you and your horses - working with the fire rescue responders and while you are waiting for the veterinarian to arrive."Rebecca Gimenez published the first textbook on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (Wiley-Blackwell) in 2008. A past Biology adjunct professor, her current scientific research interests include a national survey of trailer accident causality; a study of animal physiological responses to Technical Rescue procedures and equipment; improving fire prevention standards for animal facilities; and an investigation into poor nutrition in horse neglect cases. She serves as an advisor for two graduate students at the University of Edinburg, Scotland.