TAMU Veterinary Emergency Response Team heads to the coast

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- Sunday, August 27th update:

An additional 20 members of the Veterinary Emergency Team are heading to the coast to help with disaster relief.

They are heading to Aransas Pass and are not sure how long they will be there. They are planning to work there for at least six days.

They will have 24 members of the team there to support the Texas Task Force 1 search and rescue dogs as well as other pets that may have been injured in the storm.


Texas A&M's Veterinary Emergency Response Team sent an advance team to Robstown Friday morning to help with disaster relief.

Four of the 20 members involved with the Veterinary Response Team are currently west of Corpus Christi with all the necessary equipment and medications to help service dogs for phase one of their disaster relief plan.

Angela Clendenin, member of TAMU VET, said they partnered with Texas Tasks Force 1 to help service dogs out in the field.

"We support their search and rescue canines and provide vet care for them, we make sure they are healthy and ready to go out and operational," explained Clendenin.

A group of four deployed at around 7 Friday morning and the rest of the VET team will be heading down on Sunday.

"Our goal is to be self sustaining for at least a week to a week and a half," said Clendenin.

Their cargo trucks and veterinary trailers are loaded with fresh water, medication, food and other necessary items to continue to help service dogs as well as other animals that are lost or are in need of medical attention.