Dr. John Madigan is a Distinguished Professor emeritus of medicine and epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is board certified in two specialties – Large Animal Internal Medicine and Animal Welfare. Madigan started the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team in 1990. He was a founding member of the California Animal Emergency Response (CARES) committee. He is an expert in disaster and emergency response involving large animals and published over 170 peer reviewed scientific publications. He has designed large animal rescue equipment including the Anderson sling and the UC Davis Large Animal Lift. He recently designed a simplified rescue Loops Rescue System for first responders and veterinarians. Madigan has created a veterinary disaster and emergency response curriculum for the School of Veterinary medicine. The UC Davis VERT team is also a medical reserve corp (MRC). Madigan and his VERT team have responded to requests for mutual aid in numerous fires, floods, and technical rescue requests including helicopter equine rescue. Recognitions for his contributions and field response efforts to aid animals in emergencies and disasters include the American Veterinary Medical Association animal welfare award, American Association of Equine Practitioners lifetime achievement award, Red Cross Hero, US House of Representatives Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and the University of California –Davis alumni association distinguished service award in 2018.