Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team Trains For Radiation Disaster

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COLLEGE STATION - When a major disaster happens you expect police and firefighters to respond but there's also a special team ready and willing to take care of pets and animals.

Over the weekend the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team held a disaster simulation at the TEEX Training Facilities near Disaster City.

That included using a chemical decontamination chamber for animals created by graduate student C.J. Mabry.

The weekend simulation pretended to be in Lake Charles, Louisiana with animals being treated for radiation exposure following an explosion at an oil and gas pipeline facility.

News reporters including from News 3 also were part of the simulation surprising the vet team to see how they would react to a media presence.

"You know we bring out 45 people. We're all able to practice you know because we want to be prepared for that next big storm or hurricane or natural disaster that we have to go out and especially to go out and help the community and the animals," said C.J. Mabry, a Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student.

"It's actual hands-on experience and learning how to deal with veterinary medicine and animal issues in a disaster situation," said Angela Clendenin, Communications Manager for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Veterinary Emergency Team does a large scale full exercise with Texas Task Force-1 each year.