TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Agriculture Animal Emergency Working Group (AEWG) will hold its 17th Annual Symposium on Monday, April 27 at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown to train state and county animal response teams in animal first aid.

During the daylong seminar, attendees will get hands-on experience in aiding pets and small ruminants and will learn how to make a first aid kit.  They also will hear speakers about personal protective equipment and see how to tie knots and make halters and leads.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, under the auspices of AEWG, develops and coordinates plans to protect animals during emergency situations.  It oversees state and county animal response teams that work in the field during disasters and emergencies.  The AEWG operates under the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health and the New Jersey State Police, Office of Emergency Management.

Animal control officers, police and firefighters, county emergency planners, animal response volunteers, veterinary-related personnel and others with an interest in assisting animals during emergency situations will be in attendance at the symposium.

The AEWG Symposium will be held 9:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 27 at the the Horse Park of New Jersey, 626 Route 524, Allentown, NJ.