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rescue worker holding large bird
September 8, 2023

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, joined by state, federal and non-governmental organization partners, has intensified its response to help birds affected by avian botulism at Tulare Lake, contracting with the expert Oiled Wildlife Care Network to provide emergency veterinary care. Avian botulism is caused by a toxin-producing bacteria that occurs naturally in bodies of water like Tulare Lake.

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emergency operations tent
June 28, 2023

Administered by the One Health Institute at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, the California Veterinary Emergency Team supports and trains a network of government agencies and organizations to aid domestic animals and livestock during emergencies. This fire season, CVET is ready to assist counties across the state with veterinary rescue and care when local resources have been exhausted and state assistance is needed. 

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Canada Goose Recovered from Tanzanite Spill
November 15, 2022

The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) has been activated for a diesel release incident in Natomas, Sacramento. OWCN field teams in the wildlife branch recovered a total of 5 oiled Canada geese at the Tanzanite Incident spill site.

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VERT trailer
September 15, 2022

The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team responded to the Mosquito Fire east of Sacramento today, evaluating animals at evacuation centers established in the area. Additionally, two horses were brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for evaluation. One sustained an eye injury and the other injured its lower leg during evacuation efforts. Both were treated as outpatients and were released today.

October 18, 2021

Responders with the UC Davis Oiled Wildlife Care Network continue to provide veterinary care for animals impacted by the Orange County oil spill. To date, 32 live birds and 1 live mammal have been recovered.

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October 3, 2021

Oiled Wildlife Care Network has activated in Huntington Beach and is recovering animals caught in the oil spill from an offshore rig that has expanded in the water between the city’s pier and Newport Beach.

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caldor fire goat patients
September 30, 2021

The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response team has evaluated 168 animals in the field, and the UC Davis veterinary hospital has received 30 animals from the Dixie, Caldor and Cache Fires, including goats, pigs, cattle, cats, birds (including a bald eagle), and others.

owcn toro canyon tree frog
August 30, 2021

UC Davis’ Oiled Wildlife Care Network responded to the Toro Canyon Creek oil spill in Santa Barbara County, where a natural seepage of oil emerged from a nearly 150-year-old well. OWCN was able to clean 92 frogs and other animals and return them to nature.

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Caldor Fire
August 24, 2021

The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team deployed to Amador County to assist with animals evacuated from the Caldor Fire.

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Three veterinarians in Plumas County representing UC Davis VERT. From left to right: Drs. Megan Ouyang, Michelle Hawkins, Lais Costa.
August 18, 2021

The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team deployed to Plumas County to assist with animals evacuated from the Dixie Fire.

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Banding oiled bird Refugio 2015 Gayle Uyehara
August 13, 2021

Santa Barbara County and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response have coordinated a cleanup at Toro Canyon Creek. The Oiled Wildlife Care Network has collected animals killed or injured by the oil. Seventeen small birds, 13 bats, and one squirrel have died. Nineteen oiled frogs and one lizard were collected alive and are receiving veterinary care. 

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August 11, 2021

A new network is in the works to provide help to animals during emergencies. Dr. Michael Ziccardi, director of the UC Davis One Health Institute, describes the new California Veterinary Emergency Team, which will provide help to animals during emergencies such as natural disasters. (Interview begins at 29:10)

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California Veterinary Emergency Response
August 5, 2021

There's a new emergency program to help domestic animals and livestock during emergencies, such as wildfires, in California. It's called the California Veterinary Emergency Team. The program is being administered by UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Dr.Jamie Peyton
July 27, 2021

Dr. Jamie Peyton is leading the effort to treat and care for a burned bobcat at Gold Country Wildlife Rescue’s Wildlife Intake Center in Auburn, California. 

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Bear Cub
July 26, 2021

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Jamie Peyton, co-lead of the Wildlife Disaster Network, is consulting on the treatment plan for a bear cub who was burned in the Tamarack Fire. The young bear may be a candidate to receive an innovative tilapia fish skin treatment to help heal his burn wounds.

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