Many of us fought to hold back the tears – and many of us simply let them fall – as we recently reflected on the tragic events that shook our nation 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. The 10-year anniversary of that fateful day served as a stark reminder of how much the world has changed. It also reminded us of the incalculable acts of heroism that transpired in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
AVMA President Dr. René Carlson recently traveled to Liberty State Park in New Jersey with Dr. Heather Case, director of the AVMA’s Scientific Activities Division and our coordinator of emergency preparedness and response. They participated in a tribute honoring the 9/11 search-and-rescue dog teams, and the Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams and veterinarians who supported these canine heroes. Liberty State Park is located on the Hudson River, directly across from Ground Zero. It was a poignant setting on a very emotional day.
As Dr. Carlson shared in her speech that day, we are all so very proud of the steadfast service these remarkable animals provide. We are equally impressed with the untiring work of the response veterinarians and VMAT members who continue to rise to the occasion whenever they are called into action. We are grateful for all they do and for what they mean to so many people in times of great need.