Although AHS’ first ambulance took to Valley streets in 1958, AHS’ EAMT program was established in 2002 as the first of its kind in Arizona.
AHS maintains the only radio-equipped emergency ambulance fleet for sick and injured stray animals in the Valley. Our EAMT program is endorsed by the Phoenix Police Department, the Phoenix Fire Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and VTEC — the state’s leading provider of veterinary technician education courses.
Devoted to saving the lives of homeless animals, AHS’ EAMTs respond to thousands of ambulance and investigation calls every year and provide life-saving care on the scene before transporting the distressed animals to our Second Chance Animal Hospital for veterinary care. Our EAMTs also provide expert testimony in animal cruelty cases.
To request an ambulance for a sick or injured stray animal or an animal in distress, call 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073. Services are free and available daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Our EAMT team works 365 days a year and responds to more than 10,000 animal rescues and investigations each year. However, please keep in mind that our EAMTs are only able to respond to animal cruelty cases in the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. If you need to report an animal cruelty case in another Valley city, please visit our Report Animal Abuse Now page for the appropriate phone numbers.
In addition to animal rescue and triage, EAMTs work to combat the extreme pet overpopulation crisis in Arizona.
Our EAMTs report that approximately 70 percent of the animals they rescue are not spayed or neutered. EAMTs will work with the families they visit to address spay/neuter misconceptions and offer free spay/neuter services by providing spay/neuter vouchers.
What do I have to do to do what you do?
|•||Volunteer with our organization or any animal welfare organization to see if shelter/animal welfare is really for you.|
|•||Do a ride along with one of our EAMT’s to see if you can handle the emotional and physical demands of the job. (NOTE: this is only an option for those engaged in a serious track to become an EAMT with our organization).|
|•||Obtain employment with us or other animal welfare organizations. We are always trying to promote from within our organization.|
|•||Register for our EAMT Academy to learn many of the basics of the job.|
Do I have to have certain experience?
|•||You don’t have to have any particular experience to attend our EAMT academy. We would recommend if you’re interested in animal welfare as a career you should obtain first hand knowledge via: Animal behavior classes, Vet Tech courses, Animal Handling training, Animal Cruelty Laws, etc.|
What classes should I take?
|•||You should take classes that would improve your knowledge and skill level that pertain to animal welfare and animal cruelty laws.|
Do I need to be in an animal-related field?
|•||You don’t have to be in an animal related field, however having any animal welfare experience would benefit your career path.|
I’ve been a nurse/EMT, how do I become an EAMT?
** See answer to first question**
What are the age, physical qualifications, and other requirements to become an EAMT?
|•||High school diploma / GED|
|•||21 years of age or older|
|•||Possess a valid drivers license (with no moving violations)|
|•||TO BE HIRED: Must pass the physical agility test, including being able to lift 70 pounds at least 4 feet in the air. Must also score at least a 70% on the EAMT exam and the agility test.|
Are EAMTs officers of the law?
|•||No, EAMTs are contracted to conduct animal cruelty investigations within certain cities.|
|•||EAMTs are well trained in state and local animal cruelty laws, crime scene investigations, evidence collection, photographing the scene, suspect/witness statements and most importantly medical evaluation on scene.|
|•||EAMTs work with local law enforcement to provide expert testimony during the prosecution of cases|
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