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About Us

UC Davis provides veterinary disaster preparedness, response and care directly through its International Animal Welfare Training Initiative (IAWTI), Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) and hospital and through its oversight of the statewide California Veterinary Emergency Team (CVET), Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) and Wildlife Disaster Network (WDN) programs.

The VERT and WDN programs and catastrophic need medical care are funded through philanthropic contributions while the CVET and OWCN programs are primarily funded annually by the State of California. OWCN also receives supplemental philanthropic support. CVET was established in 2021 through legislation that was authored by California Senator Steve Glazer and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. You can read more about it here. WDN is a partnership between UC Davis Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

UC Davis has provided veterinary disaster response for approximately two decades as part of the university’s public service mission. We welcome your support to help animals affected by natural disasters:

Veterinary Catastrophic Need Fund

Veterinary Emergency Response Team

Wildlife Disaster Network

Oiled Wildlife Care Network