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'Our Oath in Action' Event Focuses on Animal Safety During Natural Disasters

October 22, 2013

By Janet L. McCoy, (e), (p) 334-844-3698

Auburn, Alabama —

Veterinary medicine students from Auburn and Tuskegee universities began practicing what they are learning by working the first of two Our Oath in Action events.

Through the sponsorship of the American Veterinary Foundation and in partnership with the Alabama Veterinary Medical Foundation, the group of students participated in 2013 Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the Auburn University campus.

Students handed out literature and talked with the public about the importance of having a plan for their animals when a natural disaster occurs.

The AVMF chose Alabama as one of six states to debut the national Our Oath in Action campaign, and the Auburn event was one of two scheduled in the state. Tuskegee also plans an event in early November, and students from both schools will join efforts again to support that event.

  1. Dr. Brad Fields, Dean Calvin Johnson and Dr. Jan Strother

  2. Auburn and Tuskegee veterinary medicine students and faculty partner for Our Oath in Action.

  3. Students provided important information on having a plan to care for animals during natural disaster.

  4. Student hand out t-shirts, stuffed animals and pet bowls during Our Oath in Action.

  5. Baxter, one of the CVM’s detector dogs in training, greets visitors to Ag Roundup.

  6. Baxter is put to work at Ag Roundup, to detect a possible hidden explosive. The CVM’s Animal Health Performance Program trains canines to detect explosive devices using their sense of smell.

  7. AHPP trainer Terry Fischer explains to the audience that Baxter has been taught to sit once he finds his target.

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