September 27, 2017 – Dr. Nichole Danova, Founder and Director of Surgery at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (VREC), donated kits of pet oxygen masks to area first responders on Wednesday, September 27 at the facility located on 318 Northern Blvd, South Abington Township, PA.
Dr. Nichole Danova states “At VREC, we’ve had a number of distraught patients and clients come in after suffering a house fire. The vast majority of these patients come to us in the back of an ambulance, a police car, or rescuers that were on the scene.” Dr. Danova continues, “The first responders would have questions and concerns about the pets such as ‘Did we do everything right?’ or ‘Is there something else we could have done?’ and in the conversation to follow we realized that a lot of these police officers or EMS or ambulances didn’t have the right supplies. Although they did a great job adapting human products to the animals, they really needed some animal specific equipment. The most basic solution for animal resuscitation is oxygen masks.”
Dr. Nichole Danova and her team at VREC recognized the need to raise awareness and could help by donating the necessary supplies for animal resuscitation including by not limited to Carbondale, Jefferson Township, Clarks Summit, Scranton, Hamlin, and Jessup EMS, Ambulance and First Responders.
Dr. Danova believes in the importance of education stating, “Every year we have the student body from Lackawanna College EMS students come to VREC to walk through the hospital and see the facility to understand what it is that we do, the role that they play and the relationship with us and the community for pets.”