The first Block course on “Emergency Management of Animals during Natural Disaster” was organised for the Final Year B.V.Sc. & A.H. students from 17.07.2015 to 20.07.2015 and a simulation exercise on “Management of Animals during Tsunami and Floods” was organised on 26.07.2015 at Nettukuppam Village, Tiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu (seashore village got affected during 2004 Tsunami). Various stake holders viz:, National Disaster Response Force – 4th Battalion from Arakonam, State Animal Husbandry department, Fisheries Department, Indian Red Cross Society, Police Department, Fire and Rescue Services, Blue Cross of India, Health Department (108 Ambulance), Local government authorities and local villagers were participated.
Conducted block course on “Veterinary emergency response during disaster” to the Fourth Year B.V.Sc., & AH students of MVC from 24.03.2017 to 27.03.2017.
Conducted block course on “Veterinary Emergency Response during disasters” for IV BVSc & AH students of MVC from 13.07.2018 to 16.07.2018.
Conducted block course on “Veterinary Emergency Response during disasters” for IV BVSc& AH students of MVC from 12.07.2019 to 15.07.2019.
Research Projects / Activities
A research project on “An analysis of Species wise animal disaster management in India” funded by World Animal Protection with a budget outlay of 2.07 lakhs from 04.2015 to 11.04.2016 has been completed. Some of the research outcomes are : –
- History of extent of animal disasters occurred at national level as well as in the selected six states was documented.
- Factors responsible for animal disasters were identified.
- Indigenous practices followed by the farmers in the disaster prone areas to mitigate animal disasters were identified and documented.
- Three animal disaster management models were developed for effective management of animals during disaster conditions. The models developed in this study will be used as a blue print for effective management in disasters.
A scheme on An appraisal of Multipurpose Evacuation shelters and Animal Disaster Risk reduction through Capacity building of probable stakeholders for Disaster Resilient Animal Husbandry in Tamil Nadu is in progress. The scheme is funded by Tamil Nadu Disaster Risk Reduction Agency, Chennai, Government of Tamil Nadu with a budget outlay of Rs.25,84,770. The objectives of the scheme are :
- To conduct Capacity building programmes in respect of Animals in Disaster through the Veterinary Emergency Response Unit (VERU) at Constituent colleges (Veterinary College and Research Institutes at Namakkal, Orathanadu and Tirunelveli) of TANUVAS to the Veterinarians working in State Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Tamil Nadu
- To study the impact of the capacity building programme
- To appraise the existing Multipurpose Evacuation Shelters in the 12 costal districts of Tamil Nadu and advocate recommendations with respect to animal disaster management.