GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK EMRI) has gone beyond saving precious human lives by pioneering into an integrated Animal Mobile Medical Ambulance through dial 1962 in the State of Tamil Nadu.
First of its kind initiative integrated Emergency Medical Service for Animals, which is scalable and replicable has become operational with a dedicated 24-hour Emergency Response Centre and indigenously designed well equipped ambulances.
The Animal Mobile Medical Ambulance (AMMA) was launched by (Late) Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalitha on September 21, 2016. With this launch, 10 ambulances became operational across 5 Districts of Tamil Nadu, namely Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai and Namakkal with each district having 2 ambulances.
This project is under Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework with Government of Tamil Nadu under the aegis of TANUVAS (Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University).
When a distress call from the livestock owner is received at the 24 hours 1962 Emergency Response Centre, basic details are collected and information disseminated to the nearest Animal Mobile Medical Ambulance to the Caller. The Mobile Veterinary Doctor in the Ambulance ascertains the type of emergency and either provides Online Medical Direction (OLMD) or dispatches the ambulance. The ambulance along with the Mobile Veterinary Doctor reach the door step of the livestock owner, assess the condition of the sick cattle and provides on-site treatment. In case the animal needs tertiary care, the decision to transfer the animal to the Veterinary clinic is made.
The 1962 Ambulances are completely equipped with Emergency Medicines, equipment and State-of-the-art design including hydraulic Lift for transferring the Sick Animal safely and swiftly to nearest appropriate Veterinary Hospitals / Clinics, GPS tracking system to locate the nearest ambulance.
1962 ambulances have enabled the Veterinary Health care system consistently to enhance the life saved count of animals and bring cheers in the face of farmers and livestock owners.
As of May 2017, 1962 ambulance have so far saved over 2000 Animals. Of which Cows from the majority. Owing to this stupendous success, Government of Tamil Nadu has planned to expand the service to another 20 Districts of Tamil nadir as well.