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Thursday, April 14, 2016
at 12 PM – 1 PM

Part of the Animal Matters Seminar Series from the Center for Animals and Public Policy

Presented with Cummings School’s Veterinary Disaster Response Club

Speaker: Lori E. Gordon, DVM
Urban Search and Rescue, Massachusetts Task Force 1,
Owner, Veterinary Surgical Care in Atkinson, NH

View recorded seminar here:

Dr. Gordon has served as a veterinary medical officer with VMAT-1 for over 10 years, and then with NVRT-1 for the over 5 years, and also with MA-TF 1 US&R since 2002 caring for search canines during trainings, certifications, and deployments. She serves as a subject matter expert for FEMA in regards to search canine care in the field, and lectures to EMTs, Paramedics, Doctors and Handlers on this subject as well as chemical, biological, and radiological exposure. With her MA-TF Hazmat team members they developed canine decontamination guidelines and designed a K9 Decontamination System for use in the field. She is the founder of an on-line resource group of veterinarians for information on canines as first responders, Urban Search and Rescue Veterinary Group.

Made possible by the generous support of: Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund


The Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) advances research, policy analysis, education and service pertaining to the important roles animals play in society, and explores the ethical implications of the human-animal relationship.


The veterinary disaster response club was formed in response to growing realization of the importance of including animals in disaster plans. With several recent large-scale natural disasters involving large numbers of domestic animals, the critical role of veterinarians in disaster relief has become immediately apparent. We aim to introduce students and faculty to the role they might play in disaster response as well as educate the community in ways to prepare for and take care of their families and pets in the event of a disaster.