Emergency Response Team
- Australia is regularly subjected to natural disasters in the form of bushfires, cyclones, floods, droughts and extreme weather conditions, which lead to considerable disruption and hardship in affected communities. These unfortunate events place a huge strain on resources to assist not only the human population – but also pets, livestock and wildlife.
- Emergencies arising from natural disasters require suitably experienced veterinary personnel to assist in evacuations and provide appropriate care for animals impacted by such events.
- Vets Beyond Borders’ AVERT Program was launched in 2015, establishing a national database of experienced volunteer veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary technicians, prepared to be deployed at short notice to assist state and territory emergency response officials following natural disasters or emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreaks in Australia.
- Veterinarians, vet nurses and others willing to join the AVERT team are asked to register with VBB. Information collected includes qualifications, specific expertise, training courses undertaken and previous experience in past natural disasters or EAD outbreaks in Australia. All information is stored on the secure AVERT database.
For more information on this important initiative please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org