Welcome to the North Carolina VRC!
Dr. Mandy Tolson is the VRC’s coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.
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-Spring Training 2009The Eastern Regional CAMET training was a success! On May 19 NCDA&CS in conjunction with NCEM provided CAMET training at the Senator Bob Martin Agriculture Complex for VRC members Emergency Management and other SART partners. The day long training involved modules and lectures that covered all aspects of using the CAMET and the afternoon also involved a hands on portion where the participants were able to practice using the contents of the CAMET. We hope to continue providing similar trainings in the central and western part of the state in the future.
Fall Training 2008
This past fall the VRC hosted the public practice day at the North Carolina Veterinary Conference. We had an exciting day with packed lectures. The day began with a lecture introducing participates to who we are and how to get involved, over 80 people were in attendance, most of whom had never heard of the VRC before. The day continued with various topics including animal welfare, rabies, and USDA programs. We ended the busy day with a biosecurity interactive workshop where participates donned PPE and were mock contaminated. We then utilized the “Germ City Tent” to determine how well participants were able to doff PPE without contaminating their street clothes.
In addition to our training we had representatives at a booth in the exhibit hall. These representatives explained the role of the VRC and even had technology available to help interested people sign-up through servNC. Overall the NCVC was a success for us and we will be hosting the public practice day again in 2009.
Fall Training 2007
The VRC completed 3 trainings in the fall of 2007. Members trained in Raleigh on August 27th with a Companion Animal Equipment Trailer.The purpose of this training was to allow members to understand the basics of setting up a temporary small animal shelter. In addition there was a speaker from the American Red Cross teaching on how to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster. On September 22nd members trained in Jacksonville, NC on wildlife behavior and rescue. This was a hands-on-training that included numerous wildlife species. Select members had the opportunity to participate in a water rescue of a large constrictor snake. In November a new membership orientation was conducted at the 2007 North Carolina Veterinary Conference.
Spring Training 2006
The VRC completed their spring training on March 11th at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC. At this training veterinarians and technicians became certified in Hazardous Materials Awareness and got a brief overview of what the North Carolina Emergency Operations Plan was. In the afternoon there was a presentation on Avian Influenza that gave up-to-date information on the current situation involving Highly Pathogenic H5N1 and the North Carolina Pandemic Influenza Plan. Attendees also became familiar with a new and emerging disease, Canine Influenza. VRC members are encouraged to complete all required trainings to be credentialed to respond to animal events both in our state and in the nation.
New members are always being accepted. The semi-annual trainings offer up-to-date information for the veterinary community and are designed to be useful for both current members and new.
Self Deployment following Hurricane Katrina
Due to the problems of self deployment following Hurricane Katrina any VRC members wishing to deploy into affected areas will need to show an ID badge (with picture) indicating they have the proper credetials to be there. The requirements are:
- ICS 100
- ICS 200
- ICS 700
- Biosecurity Training
- State EOP Overview
- Understanding of Emergency Management and Emergency Support Functions
- HazMat Awareness
- Signing a Code of Conduct prior to deployment
The NCVRC is in the process of creating a template for these badges and collecting member information. If you have any of these trainings, and have not already sent in this information please notify us.