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MVMRC Coordinator Position Open

The MVMA has an opening for its Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator. This is an independent contractor role that provides disaster planning response services for the state's Radiological Emergency Preparedness program as well as preparing veterinary volunteers to respond to a variety of animal emergencies including disease outbreaks and natural disasters. This Coordinator would also work with state agricultural agencies to develop veterinary professional networks to assist county emergency planners in local animal emergency response planning in out-state Minnesota. The position is viewed as a full time coordinator contracted position with the MVMA. If you would like to learn more about this position please click on the coordinator position link below or contact the MVMA (info@mvma.org or call 651-645-7533). Application deadline is October 1, 2014.

Coordinator Position Overview 

 

WHAT:  The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee was first established in 2004 by the Board of Animal Health to prepare for animal disease emergencies.  It was soon realized that the Veterinary Reserve Corps could be asked to perform as an “all-hazards”, “all-emergencies” group.  It then became a program of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.  Examples of possible missions include: disease outbreaks; radiological monitoring and decontamination of pets; responding to natural disasters in support of animals; and public education.

 

The Corps may be asked to respond to environmental disasters such as floods, fires, tornados and blizzards or other disasters such as radiological contamination or chemical spills. 

 

Members could be called upon to assist with animal care and treatment, evacuation, vaccination, specimen collection, decontamination, euthanasia, necropsy, collecting epidemiological information, supervisory or office support, or they may even be called to work in a practice to temporarily replace someone else who has gone to assist in the emergency.

 

WHO:  The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee is comprised of members of the veterinary profession.  Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and the students of these professions are the volunteers who make the Veterinary Reserve Corps capable of responding to an emergency.  In an actual emergency/disaster, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps may integrate with other agencies or groups, whose goals or missions are similar.

 

WHERE:  The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee could be called upon to respond anywhere in the state of Minnesota.  Participation in any emergency is voluntary.

 

WHEN:  The MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee could be called upon by one of many state or local agencies in the event of an emergency or asked to participate in the planning and/or training for various animal emergencies.   The Minnesota Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps will only respond if asked by the agency that has jurisdiction in that emergency.   The Veterinary Corps will not “self-deploy”, and will adhere to the Incident Command System.

 

HOW:  Registering for the MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee is easy.  Using a computer, go online, and simply type www.mnresponds.org to fill out an application.  No computer?  No problem.  Obtain an application from the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.  Fill out the application and return it to MVMA, 101 Bridgepoint Way, Suite 100.  South St. Paul, MN  55075.   Phone 651-645-7533.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Dr. Mike Hannon, MVMA Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee Coordinator at coordinator.mvmrc@gmail.com or 763-682-6869.
  

DONATIONS: Please see donation options below, contact the MVMF at info@mvma.org or call 651-645-7533 if you would like to make a contribution to the MVMRC in support of veterinary response activities.  Recently, a team of veterinarians were deployed to assist in providing needed veterinary care to animals during the Red River flooding in the spring of 2009. Thank you for your support.

 

 

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