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Courses - Fall 2021
Animal Science
Animals in Disasters: The UMD CART
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Recommended: Prior animal experience recommended.
In this course, students will explore the scholarship of emergency management as it pertains to the needs of companion animals and livestock during disasters. We will apply that knowledge in the formation of a campus animal response team, modeled after the SART-CART model of animal disaster response. We will start the course by asking the questions, What is an emergency? and How do emergencies affect animals and the people who depend on them? We will then examine the more likely emergency scenarios facing the state of Maryland and how we might educate, organize, and train ourselves to best assist the state of Maryland and its citizens in preparing for and responding to an emergency. Based on our scholarship and training, we will form deployable teams that are able to assist the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), local county animal response teams (CARTs), and animal-disaster response non-governmental agencies (NGOs) during a disaster.