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Veterinary Cardiology Specialists supports Basic Animal Rescue Training.

Did you know that Dr. Janet Olson is the president and founder of BART?

In 2004, her passion for community service and firefighters (her husband is a firefighter) lead her to develop Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART). BART is a 501c3, veterinary based, nonprofit organization that’s mission is to train and equip firefighters and other first responders how to safely address animals encountered in emergencies and disasters. BART also helps educate pet owners how to be prepared to best serve their pets and families in these tragic situations. BART has trained over 4,500 firefighters in the state of Minnesota and is currently offering its program in Iowa and Oklahoma as well.

For her work with BART, Dr. Olson has been highlighted in Ladies Home Journal and has received two prestigious awards including the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) Veterinary Service Award in 2007, in recognition of her great service and support of the veterinary profession and the Forward Under 40, University of Wisconsin Alumni award in 2008 provided to select UW grads under age 40 who are making an impact on world.


BART is supported by grants and community donations.

Help BART SAVE LIVES and learn how you can better prepare your family in the event of an emergency or disaster. For more information or to make a donation, visit

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