USU Veterinary Students Take Part in Emergency Exercise
More than 30 second year veterinary school students enrolled at Utah State University participated in an animal disease emergency exercise March 7, 2017 at Utah State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Logan, Utah. The exercise was designed to familiarize the students with animal disease response and the incident command system. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and USU conducted the joint exercise. The exercise was well received and attended by several representative groups from emergency management. All had very positive remarks about the exercise.
The students were divided into groups and practiced real-life responses to a hypothetical animal disease outbreak. The groups included: command and general staff, operations in the field for both mammal and poultry, a planning group for laboratory services, a joint information center, and an epidemiology geospatial information group.
Students in the joint information center faced questions from roll-playing reporters, forcing the veterinary students to conduct news interviews that informed and calmed the public about the safety of their food supply.