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“PrepVet” A Free Online Course to Protect Animals from Disasters



In recent years disasters have been increasing significantly resulting in loss of both human and animal lives. In view of this, the World Animal Protection has developed a free online course called “PrepVet or Veterinary Preparation” for veterinarians and interested individuals.

Do you want to learn how to protect animals?

Use your lockdown time to learn ways of protecting animals from disasters for free and receive a certificate from World Animal Protection.

In recent years, Disasters have been increasing significantly resulting in the loss of both human and animal lives. Climate change has also been contributing to the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that are seriously impacting the economic, social, and environmental conditions of countries. Although many hazards are unavoidable, the vulnerabilities can be reduced by adapting sustainable risk reduction strategies.

biological disasters, coronavirus

In view of this, World Animal Protection has developed a free online course called “PrepVet[1] or Veterinary Preparation” for veterinarians and interested individuals. This course helps individuals to learn ways of managing animals and their needs during different disaster stages (before, during, and after). The course is currently available in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is self-paced to learn at your convenience. The objective of the course is risk management and reduction, including understanding the factors that lead to emergencies and being prepared for them, to minimize animal losses.


What does the course cover? 

The course is broadly divided into three core topics, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Management; Climate Change Adaptation; and Basic Care of Animals during Emergencies. In order to address these broad issues, there are a total of 11 modules,

1. Disaster Risk Management: Basic concepts and terminology

2. Disaster Risk Reduction analysis and plans

3. Companion animals

4. Climate Change Adaptation

5. Safety in emergencies

6. Incident Command System

7. Triage

8. Animal evacuation process

9. Standards and guidelines for livestock interventions in emergencies: Introduction to 'LEGS'

10. Role of the Vet

11. Animal Welfare. 


There are assessments at the end of each module, and you will receive a digital certificate once all the 11 modules are completed.

Cow in a farm in Malawi

This course is also available for interested institutions using SCORM/Moodle learning platforms.


For more details of the course, please refer to the below links:

Course Overview: https://animalsindisasters.org/prepvet

Course Login: http://cursosenlineabienestaranimal.org/login/index.php

Course Video: https://animalsindisasters.org/vlog/animals-in-disasters-prepvet


Wish you a happy learning. Also do share with your friends who love animals and please stay safe!

A puppy is brought to get a rabies vaccination in Freetown, Sierra Leone. World Animal Protection has been working with partner group the Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society (SLAWS) for many years. Credit Line: World Animal Protection / Michael Duff




[1] https://animalsindisasters.org/prepvet