PrepVet course

Many people in areas vulnerable to disasters rely on animals for their livelihoods and survival. Protecting animals can be a means of guaranteeing people's security. Their protection is the focus of strategies in this course.

About the course

The number of natural disasters has increased significantly in recent years. This has resulted in loss of human and animal life and significant economic, social and environmental impact.

Disasters have diverse natural and man-made causes. When these factors are combined with other risks that have been building or are unresolved in risk-prone areas, there is a dramatic increase in the number of disasters.

Although many hazards are unavoidable, the vulnerability of communities can be reduced.

The objective of the PrepVet course is risk management and reduction, including understanding the factors that lead to emergencies and being prepared for them, to minimise animal losses.

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Many people in risk-prone areas rely on animals for their livelihoods and survival. Therefore, protection of animals in disasters is a key focus of the strategies in this course. Protecting animals can be a means of guaranteeing the social, economic, emotional, food and environmental security of people.

The online PrepVet course is divided into three core topics:

  • Disaster risk reduction (DRR) and management
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Basic care of animals during emergencies
The course is currently available in Spanish, in English and Portuguese.


Course Contents

World Animal Protection staff treating a sick cow after a disaster.

World Animal Protection staff treating a sick cow after a disaster.

  1. Disaster risk management: Basic concepts and terminology
    Presents the information needed to promote the analysis and planning of disaster risk reduction
  2. Disaster risk reduction analysis and plans
    Offers the necessary tools to analyse and prioritise risks, evaluate available resources, design strategies to address them, and implement a solution.
  3. Companion animals
    Illustrates the role of the veterinarian in the training of animal owners to include their pets in a family emergency plan.
  4. Climate change adaptation
    Identifies indicators of climate change, how it affects communities and their animals, and the adaptation actions that must be implemented to counteract its negative effects.
  5. Safety in emergencies
    Outlines the physical and emotional dangers to which an individual who is actively involved in emergency operations is exposed, as well as the measures that must be taken to avoid them.
  6. Incident command system
    Introduces the incident command system as a common organisational structure that manages the resources allocated to effectively achieve the objectives relevant to an event.
  7. Triage
    Introduces triage as a tool for prioritising individuals affected by an adverse event, to streamline patient flow and achieve more effective veterinary assistance during a disaster.
  8. Animal evacuation process
    Outlines the different actions that specialized rescue teams carry out to evacuate animals during a disaster, following basic animal welfare regulations.
  9. Standards and guidelines for livestock interventions in emergencies: Introduction to 'LEGS'
    Introduces a set of international guidelines for the design, implementation and evaluation of livestock interventions to assist people affected by a disaster.
  10. Role of the vet
    Reviews the role of the veterinarian in risk management, emphasising the promotion of proper management of the animals, their environment and resources, as well as risk mitigation strategies at the farm and clinic levels.
  11. Animal welfare
    Introduces animal welfare as an interdisciplinary, multifaceted and complex science, based on animal sentience and therefore seeks its physical and mental well-being.