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CLASSES and CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes.

For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

REQUESTS

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CLASSES

May 10-13 Sydney, AUS Animal Transportation Association (AATA) is holding their annual, international conference. Jennifer Woods will be speaking on Transport of Slaughter Horses in the USA

Sept. 9-13 Chicago, IL Recbecca Gimenez will be speaking with Dr. Kimberly May at the International Veterinary Emergency Critical Care conference. See their website at http://veccs.org/veccs_iveccs.php This is an outstanding conference for vet techs and veterinarians of all critical care fields and they DO teach alot of disaster medicine at this conference. Hope to see others there!

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May 1-15 OPERATIONAL Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE), Virginia Tech, Middleburg, VA . Contact: Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu subject=TLAER Training
May 18-20 OPERATIONAL Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE), Virginia Tech, Virginia Beach, VA. Contact: Shea Porr cporr@vt.edu subject=TLAER Training
May 28-29 AWARENESS level NEW COURSE! Broward County FL. Contact: Lt Leslie Kastner jdkpa@aol.com subject=TLAER Training

July 2009
TBA AWARENESS level NEW COURSE! Ivy Rock Farm, New Windsor NY. Contact: Jennifer Migdal junniper_17@yahoo.com subject=TLAER Training
TBA OPERATIONAL New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square PA. Contact: Dr Lisa Murphy murphylp@vet.upenn.edu subject=TLAER Training

STORIES AND NEWS

A great video clip of a horse accident in Germany. Sent in by Jennifer Woods. http://listen-to-your-horse.blogspot.com/2008/11/trailer-accident.html

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Also from Jennifer: Midland Man Killed in Wreck in Jeff Davis County

A Midland man is dead after a head on crash in Jeff Davis County. It happened Thursday evening about a mile south of Fort Davis along Highway 118. According to troopers, 46-year-old Daniel Patrick Hogan of Midland, was killed instantly when he swerved into the other lane and crashed head on with another pick-up truck that was pulling a horse trailer.The driver of the other truck, Todd Douglas Sharon, was taken to the hospital in Odessa, then moved to Midland Memorial, where he is recovering. One of the horses in the trailer was killed and three others were injured.

and, from Jennifer off http://www.kplctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=10206043&nav=0n4JKzcJ KPLC-TV - Lake Charles,LA,USA

The Interstate 10 bridge over the Calcasieu River was closed for a time Friday night when a trailer carrying horses was involved in an accident. Lake Charles Police tells 7News that at least two vehicles were involved in the accident at the very top of the bridge headed west. The horse trailer rolled on to its side during the accident, with at least three horses inside. Witnesses tell 7News that none of the horses appeared to be injured, and they were walked down the bridge as crews worked to clear the scene.

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From Jennifer, out of the UK: A HORSE transporter carrying six polo ponies overturned on the Air Balloon roundabout.

Some of the animals had to be cut free by firefighters. Others climbed through a hole in the roof. They were stopped from running across the busy junction on the A417, at Crickley Hill, by members of the public. Police closed one lane of the roundabout opposite the Air Balloon pub after the accident on Saturday at 9.45am. A vet treated two of the animals for minor injuries.

Monica Hannis from the pub heard the accident and rushed outside to see what had happened. She said: "I was working in the bar with the door open when I heard a massive bang. I went outside and saw the lorry on its side but it wasn't until I saw people rushing over that I saw the ponies. Two of them got out of the roof. "Lorries are always crashing here because of the slope on the roundabout."

Police said the driver of the lorry, which was travelling from the direction of Cirencester, lost control going down a hill and crashed into the roundabout. Acting police sergeant Martyn Murawa said: "The animals were trapped by the framework of the trailer. Fire crews had to cut the supporting beams free to get them out. One pony concerned us because it was in an extremely agitated state when it was trapped in the trailer, but it seemed to be fine when it was finally freed."

After treatment the ponies were taken from the crash site to a nearby livery yard while the owners found other transport. The driver of the lorry walked away from the collision unhurt.

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And more from Jennifer out of the UK: http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/news/CANVEY-ISLAND-crews-called-horse-distress/article-920775-detail/article.html A horse pinned by a vehicle.

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A great article from Vicki Schmidt on barn fire training:
http://www.timesrecord.com/website/archives.nsf/56606056e44e37508525696f00737257/8525696e00630dfe85257589005a81b9?OpenDocument

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A Press Release from Jim Green and Anne Catchpole in the UK:

Students at Liverpool Vet School were given a taste of what awaits them if they are ever called out to assist the fire and rescue service with a horse rescue. The practical training day was run as part of a series of awareness-raising and educational events organised by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Jim Green, Animal Rescue Specialist, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service showed students what typically happens at a rescue scene: how the fire and rescue service operate at incidents involving horses and other large animals, and how vets can contribute, particularly through the appropriate use of sedation and anaesthesia to calm a stressed animal, which makes the rescue scene safer for fire fighters. The students also had a chance to practice some of the manual handling techniques employed by the animal rescue specialists to move a recumbent horse to a place of safety.

Says Professor Josh Slater, Royal Veterinary College: "Rescue and emergency medicine training has never been part of the vet school curriculum. As such vets have gone into practice unprepared for dealing with this sort of incident, and often completely unaware of the dangers. Therefore, we felt it was important to start providing students with rescue awareness training during their elective period."

BEVA's CPD courses in Rescue and Emergency Medicine Training for Equine Vets, introduced in 2008, have been overwhelmingly popular, but with a necessary cap on numbers for each course, it will take time to train every equine vet in the UK. In the meantime, it is hoped the student training days for equine elective students will improve awareness of the risks involved in attending rescues. However, once in practice, recent graduates will still need to complete BEVA's 2-day Rescue and Emergency Medicine course to be considered fully competent. This Spring Jim Green will also run training days at the Royal Veterinary College and the vet schools in Bristol, Edinburgh and Cambridge.

Background:
The Emergency Services Protocol was set up following several widely-reported cases of horses dying slow, painful deaths. Having reported these cases, Horse and Hound suggested that the British Horse Society (BHS) establish a national standard for the recovery of horses and the provision of nationwide training for emergency services officers. The aim was to minimise delays in injured animals receiving veterinary care, maximise the chances of a positive outcome for the animal and to ensure the safety of all those involved. The BHS asked the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) to provide a list of equine vets, drawn from its membership, that could be contacted by emergency services call centres. This was to ensure that appropriate veterinary care reached the animals as fast as possible. However, it is not uncommon for vets attending this type of incident to remain unpaid if the owner of the animal is never traced, so BEVA established the Equine Rescue Fund to cover these costs. The aim of the fund is to guarantee that no time was lost in the treatment, or euthanasia, of an injured horse whilst owners were traced.

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Jennifer Woods is off to Australia for two weeks of conferences and work. She'll be attending the AATA (animal transportation assoc.) conference. Have fun, Jennifer! If you need someone to carry your bags, let me know!

EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

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NEW LINKS

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LESSONS LEARNED

From Jennifer Woods: An article from Horse talk in New Zealand about trailers. http://www.horsetalk.co.nz/saferide/floatsafety.shtml

From Jennifer: The Union of Grass Valley – Grass Valley, CA police blotter.
2:16 pm – A caller from Commercial Avenue reported a horse standing in a hot horse trailer for over an hour. Summer is coming. When you're towing your horses, don't forget to park your trailers in the shade!

INNOVATIONS

The latest in "fresh air trailers"! From Jennifer.

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE(and other miscellaneous stuff)

No one responded to our puzzle, so there are no results.

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From Rebecca Gimenez: Rumor Control: Yes – if you have heard that Dr. Tomas Gimenez and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez are getting divorced – that is true – it will be final this May. We are very fortunate to be good friends who just happen to not be able to live together.... we are still conducting the TLAER trainings together, speaking at conferences and supporting each other's efforts at assisting horses in rescue scenarios. We hope that you will understand our friendship and celebrate with us as we move forward in our personal lives.

We have started a new course format that is significantly cheaper for communities and organizations that only want to provide Awareness level of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue for a large number of responders and interested personnel. Please contact me at delphiacres@bellsouth.net or 864 367 4222 for more information.

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LATR stands for Large Animal Technical Rescue. There are many incidences in which large animals may need rescue such as a horse that has become mired or stuck in mud, a down or injured animal in hazardous terrain, an animal who has fallen through ice and is stuck in freezing cold water or one who has fallen into a well. These are all situations that have occurred in Vermont and fire departments have received the call.

Cindy Cross-Greenia and The Vermont Horse Council developed the Large Animal Technical Rescue Project to provide equipment and training to first responders around Vermont. This equipment and training allows for large animal emergencies to be handled in a manner that eliminates further injury to the animal and responder by ensuring that proper tools and techniques are utilized. A local LATR team is formed after department members have completed training and expressed interest in becoming a team for their area. Each team is provided specialized equipment by the Vermont Horse Council including a rescue glide, rescue straps, rescue hook, hobbles, blinding mask, halters, lead ropes, padding, ratchet straps and anything else needed to secure an animal to the rescue glide. In addition Colchester Technical Rescue is equipped with all above mentioned equipment as well as a Becker Sling, the sling is to be used to perform vertical lifts using a tripod system or appropriate heavy machinery. Colchester Tech will respond statewide with the sling when needed.

At this time the teams are as follows:
Grafton Fire Department – Covering Windham County and Southern Windsor County including the towns of Springfield, Chester and Andover
South Woodstock Fire Department – Covering Orange County and Northern Windsor County North of the towns of Springfield, Chester and Andover
Orwell Fire Department – covering Addison County and Northern Rutland County
Colchester Technical Rescue – covering all remaining areas of the state at this time.

Trainings and equipment placement will continue with available funding and grants with a goal of having a team covering every area of the state with responsibility for two to three counties. LATR trainings were held in August of 2007 and September of 2008 the next training is planned for June of 2009 in the Rutland area and once again all department chiefs will be notified or check the events calendar at www.vthorsecouncil.org for training information.

For more information on training, equipment, or LATR teams please contact: Cindy Cross-Greenia, President
Vermont Horse Council, PO Box 392, Underhill, VT 05489
802-899-3928 or gooodhorsekeepingco@yahoo.com

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Missouri Emergency Response Service (MERS) is a team of highly trained men and women who provide large animal rescue help throughout Missouri and Ilinois. All services are free and expenses are covered by donations. MERS owns a substantial amount of specialized technical large animal rescue equipment, including a trailer; trained specialists include members who are swiftwater rescue certified and scuba dive certified. MERS has been on 89 call outs since January 2006, and have responded 14 times so far this year.

MERS is a non-profit and donations can be made through the website www.mersteam.org .

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http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu/college/administration/director/vets/ here is our U of Florida web site for our team.

On April 25th, at the beautiful Star 4 Horse Farm in St Augustine, Florida, ten members of the UF College of Veterinary Medicine VETS large animal technical rescue team trained with nine members of the St John's Urban Search And Rescue Team (USAR), four members of St John's County Animal Control, and six members of the Clay County Fire Service technical rescue team. A number of people from the horse community came to watch. In this day of training four evolutions were run. A live horse lift with an A frame, a horse trailer roll, a water rescue with a live horse, and an extreme mud rescue with a simulated horse "Fugly" due to the stress on a real horse, and the real dangers of a mud rescue.

A year ago the UF College of Veterinary Medicine VETS team coordinated the TLAER Inc technical rescue course for the Jacksonville and St John's County USAR teams and the equine community. In the past year the UF VETS team has acquired the equipment and training to respond to a number of large animal rescue scenarios. VETS team members enhanced their own knowledge by attending formal training, such as the Structural Rope Operator Level Course from Wright Rescue, and in joint training with surrounding response partners.

Joint training provides the USAR teams with the equipment and experiences to perform large animal rescue, which they are periodically tasked to respond to, and the UF VETS team learns from the experiences with the USAR teams. By practicing together, in the event the UF VETS team is called to assist them, the USAR teams will be confident in the VETS team's capability. The UF VETS team conducts at least one training event a month of varying scale. Earlier this month the team conducted a full evolution in a canal system requiring the lowering and raising of the rescue team and the horse, in Pinellas County. In March the team trained with High Springs fire department in a sink hole rescue. The UF VETS team has performed several evolutions with Gainesville Fire Rescue and Alachua Fire Rescue. The UF VETS team will be coordinating a three day large animal technical rescue training event in June with the national ASPCA technical rescue team.

The UF VETS team is a volunteer team from the College of Veterinary Medicine, and is a key component of the Florida SART (State Agricultural Response Team) with a state wide response mission. Most of its equipment has been acquired through grants and individual donations. The VETS team also has a field hospital much like a veterinary "MASH" and is capable of being self supported for a week in a deployment. While the team's primary mission is the state of Florida during a disaster, and the greater Gainesville area for a large animal accident, the team recognizes it large equipment cache is hard to replicate, and is available for EMAC.


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