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For Immediate Release: February 3, 2016
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 633-2954

(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) will hold its 18th Annual Symposium at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, April 25 at the Burlington County Emergency Service Training Center in Westampton to prepare animal emergency responders for the challenges they might face in a disaster.

During the daylong seminar, attendees will get hands-on experience in small animal restraint and handling exotics in a county animal response team (CART) shelter. They will participate in a panel discussion about managing distraught or emotional animal owners and hear a speaker on how to handle vaccination status, rabies suspects and bite wounds in a CART shelter.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, under the auspices of AEWG, develops and coordinates plans to protect animals during emergency situations. It oversees state and county animal response teams that work in the field during disasters and emergencies. The AEWG operates under the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health and the New Jersey State Police, Office of Emergency Management.

Animal control officers, police and firefighters, county emergency planners, animal response volunteers, veterinary-related personnel and others with an interest in assisting animals during emergency situations will be in attendance at the symposium.

For the agenda and the registration form, go to