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For the first time, the Wash. Department of Agriculture has activated their Reserve Veterinary Corps to help care for all the service dogs at the SR 530 slide disaster.

The agency is arranging veterinary care for rescue dogs working in the slide area. WSDA so far has received vet support requests for about 30 dogs that need treatment for conditions such as minor cuts, hyperthermia and damaged pads and they say more are expected.

Initially, two veterinarians and two vet techs were being deployed from WSDA s Reserve Veterinary Corps. Corps volunteers will be in rotating shifts for up to 14 days.

In addition, the agency is contracting with Seattle Veterinary Services and Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital to continue assisting with the slide response by providing personnel, equipment and supplies.

The RVC is a body of 135 volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other animal health professionals trained in incident command response and available to assist with livestock or animal health care in the event of an animal disease outbreak or natural disaster.

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