Emergency and Disaster for Practices

Starting a Clinic Disaster Plan

Creating a veterinary clinic disaster team is important. Depending on the size of your clinic you may be able to form a self-sufficient team. If you work in a smaller clinic, contacting other local clinics to pool resources may be an option. During a disaster the local veterinarians are often sought after for advice or help even if they do not want to be involved. It is important that veterinarians and technicians in a community talk about and create a local disaster plan before the disaster occurs. Once you have a local veterinary disaster team, you can try to locate clinics outside of your area which you can refer clients in case of a disaster. You must consider that your veterinary clinic may not be able to function. Veterinary clinics are in constant competition with each other. However, during a disaster it is important that veterinary clinics rely on each other for assistance. Being able to share equipment and even personnel can be a huge benefit to multiple clinics during a disaster. 

Before the Disaster or Emergency

Types of Disaster/Emergency


Severe Weather

Medical Emergency


Electrical Utility Failure

Workplace Violence


Community Plan

Communications Plan 

Clinic/Team Plan

Security Plan


Is your business set up for every day success?
Identify roles and responsibilities for your employees in terms of operations.
Do you have a calendar for supplies, controlled substances, equipment maintenance
Employee Identification Cards (for access at restricted times)

Regular equipment maintenance
Equipment Training
Protective Clothing


On Site Supplies

Off Site Supplies



System that does not rely on landlines, cell phones or pagers


Alternate power sources
Generator fuel source
Continued refrigeration



Current and comprehensive policies


During a Disaster

After a Disaster