We are all very familiar with the images of firefighters, police officers and EMTs rushing towards danger, but few of us might realize that other first responders are also called out during disasters. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other animal health professionals often respond as part of a Veterinary Emergency Team!

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From urban rubble to mountain avalanches, human victims of disaster often find themselves trapped and unable to call out for help. Even young children and the elderly can wander from home, only to end up lost and far away. Thankfully, man’s best friend comes to our aid yet again. There is a special brand of canine hero- the Search and Rescue Dog!

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