Being Prepared for Equine DisastersPreview

"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. 

  She is past member and Logistics Officer for National Veterinary Response Team (formerly Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT -2)), and currently a Major in the US Army Reserves. She returned in July 2007 from a one year combat tour in Kuwait and Iraq where she served as a Communications Officer. She currently serves on the J6 Communications staff for US SOUTHERN COMMAND, Miami, FL. Rebecca holds a BS in Biology from Wofford College, and a PhD in Animal Physiology from Clemson University.

She gives training in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAERTM ) techniques across the US and internationally. Their expertise and research and development of numerous techniques have been honed by using privately owned animals which Rebecca trains to participate without sedation. Jointly with Dr. Tomas Gimenez, she has published numerous critiques, techniques and journal articles on a variety of technical subjects in large animal disaster and emergency rescue.  In 2013 she authored chapters in two cutting edge veterinary textbooks, contributed to numerous lay publications, and maintains a paid BLOG for THEHORSE.COM

She owns and trail rides her 6 horses using Natural Horsemanship methods. She is active in various Horse organizations - especially on disaster preparedness, animal abuse and trail riding / greenspace issues.  


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