Texas A&M VET deployed to assist in west Texas floods

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) has been activated to support Texas Task Force 1 in their search-and-rescue operations in West Texas.

A Type III team of 12 VET members left early Wednesday morning from the RELLIS campus to head to Junction, Texas where most of the flood damage is located.

Their mission is to provide veterinary care for search-and-rescue canines working in the hazardous conditions caused by the extreme flooding.

"Our goal is always to keep them safe,see problems before they happen and to be there in case of a severe injury happens," said Wesley Bissett who is a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

Selina Zalesak is one of several students who is experiencing their first time being deployed with Texas A&M VET.

"I've never personally worked with search and rescue dogs before but I've always been interested to see how the handlers work with them and how these dogs do their job," Zalesak said.

The team is anticipating a five to six day deployment.