Strengthening Our Defenses

Being prepared before the storm hits has always been good medicine. Even Noah didn’t wait for the rain to fall before he started building the ark. 

As a profession and as a society, we need to be prepared for a disaster or a public health emergency if we are to successfully respond to both human and animal needs. That’s why the AVMA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continue to collaborate on ways to prepare for, and deal with, disasters and public health emergencies. 

We’re pleased to announce that the AVMA and the HHS have recently renewed a memorandum of understanding that ushers in a new era of cooperation and enhanced collaboration when it comes to disaster preparedness and public health emergencies. By sharing our expertise and our resources, both the HHS and the AVMA hope to strengthen the nation’s ability to serve our country’s needs during some of its most challenging times. 

Some of the key elements of the agreement include the sharing of information and resources through a joint liaison program between the AVMA and the HHS, and the potential for future collaboration on the development of training modules and programs. We’ll keep you posted as things develop, and we also invite you to check out our disaster preparedness online resources. You never know when they might come in handy.

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