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NCVMA High Five Grant Helps Marshall Nonprofit Host Successful Training Session

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness Level Training a Success

Marshall, NC, April 19, 2012 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association ( has announced that the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing knowledge and training targeted to firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, veterinarians, livestock transporters, etc. for large animal rescue, recently hosted an awareness level training in February using funds received from the NCVMA’s High Five Grant program. Sponsored by Madison County Fairground, Inc., the session included both informational and hands-on training, giving participants practice in proper response during emergency events involving livestock.

The goals of the training session were to provide instruction in safe application of the technical aspects of responding to emergency events involving livestock, reach a range of technical disciplines, provide a networking opportunity within and across the discipline lines, and inspire participants to continue training for emergency responses.

The training session consisted of 66 participants representing each of the targeted audiences. Participants engaged in discussions regarding preparation for large animal emergency response, utilization of specialized equipment and additional training to share the information learned with their home counties. With the success of the Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness Level Training, participants plan to implement similar training sessions in their home counties to strengthen their county’s emergency response.

“The NCVMA is pleased that the High Five Grant was used to host such an amazing training course,” said Claire Holley, executive director of the NCVMA. “The Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Awareness Level Training did an exceptional job of fulfilling the intended purpose of the High Five Grant – helping the animals and people of North Carolina.”

- The NCVMA High Five Grant Program was established to assist qualified organizations that promote community service as well as compassion and health for the people and animals in North Carolina. NCVMA will award $5,000 to Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue in 2012, and the organization will have the opportunity to receive $5,000 per year through 2015.

- Seventeen participants listed themselves as veterinary professionals, 15 as animal control officers, 10 as EMTs, seven as fire fighters, five as law enforcement, two as County Emergency Management, one Red Cross employee and 10 as owners/producers, 4-H instructors, boarding stable owners and farriers.

- Counties represented by participants include: Buncombe, Forsyth, Guilford, Haywood, Henderson and Madison.

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The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. The NCVMA promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine, provides the highest quality continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through public relations and marketing efforts to the public and governing officials, lobbies on behalf of the interests of the entire profession, and serves as an advocate and voice for veterinary medicine in the state. For more information, visit, or call (800) 446-2862 or (919) 851-5850.

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