Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2018.161.4
Dimensions: 1 ½ in X 3 ⅞ in X 1/8 in
Dimensions (Metric): 2.54 cm X 7.62 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Frederick Townsend Lewis, Jr. DVM
Light-blue VMAT patch with dark blue-trim and "VMAT" embroidered in dark blue. Images integrated into the letters represent elements of natural disasters. The “V” suggests a tornado, “M” a fire, “A” lightning, and “T” a bending palm tree for hurricane.
The Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT) program was established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 1993. It is a private-public partnership with the federal government funded by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). In the event of a disaster, federal and state governments ask VMATs to provide veterinary medical treatment to animals. VMAT, part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), is coordinated by the Department of Health and Human Services.