Speaker Profile


Minden Buswell
United States
An Introduction to the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP)

The National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) Mission is protect the entire family. We are committed to a single goal: planning for, preparing for, and responding to disasters involving animals. We are a 501(c)3 organization promoting the inclusion of animals into disaster response efforts as required by the 2006 Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act. NASAAEP works to provide communication and networking to facilitate information sharing and effective planning at the local, state and federal levels. This alliance includes representation from all 50 American states and territories and is led by an elected, volunteer board of directors. During this presentation you will learn the history of this alliance, lessons learned from the past fifteen years, and next steps for NASAAEP.

[:en]Since 2014, I have been Washington State Department of Agriculture Animal Service Division Reserve Veterinary Corps Coordinator/Epidemiologist II/ I primarily plan, respond, and aid in the recovery for all animal health emergencies. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Animal Science degree. I received by veterinary doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences. I practiced equine and mixed animal medicine before going back to school to complete a Masters in Public Health, and a residency in Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Upon finishing my residency, I became board certified within the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.

I am on the Board of Directors for National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) and currently hold the position of vice president. I am also a member of the United States Animal Health Association Committee on Animal Emergency Management. In both of these associations, I represent Washington State.[:]