Volunteers will generally need to cover their own expenses for:
VBB provides limited Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance cover for those who meet ALL of the following criteria:
VBB deploys experienced veterinary volunteers with a minimum of 2 years post-graduate clinical experience. Volunteers must hold the following qualifications to be eligible to volunteer.
Veterinarians: Awarded a veterinary science qualification that is recognised by the Australian Veterinary Boards Council, or the Royal College of Veterinary Scientists, and currently registered to practise in the jurisdiction in which you usually reside and work.
Veterinary Nurses: Awarded a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing or Bachelor of Veterinary Technology/Nursing, or equivalent.
VBB VetMatch programs are beginning to reopen following the pandemics forced suspension of our deployments. The initial stages of our program reactivations will not include any veterinary student deployments, however we hope to resume this is the near future.
When veterinary students are deployed, they are only authorised to perform the duties of veterinary nurses. They are not permitted to perform acts of veterinary science. They must be supervised by a registered veterinarian or other senior staff member of the Program's staff, to ensure that their duties are restricted to those of a veterinary nurse
Vets Beyond Borders AVERT volunteers support our registered emergency response partners and agencies. We operate within state-based emergency response frameworks. AVERT volunteers will only be deployed at the request of, and under direct coordination of State Incident Controllers or partnered Supplying Agents.
For more information about AVERT, head to our AVERT page.
Upon activation of AVERT, we contact the appropriately skilled (and located) individuals from our database to generate a shortlist of available volunteers ready to deploy. Due to the high-volume of requests and situation-specific needs of the emergency, it is not guaranteed that you will be contacted in each AVERT activation.
We ask that you keep your AVERT registration details up-to-date to ensure the efficient use of the database during an emergency.
We will regularly provide AVERT-wide communication and updates, however it is our understanding that Spam/Junk filters may accidentally target these.
No. VBB cannot provide veterinary advice online and we recommend you contact your local veterinarian.
VBB will at times accept in-date veterinary consumables and equipment, depending on the type and our storage capacity.
If you have in-date stock that you wish to donate, please send us an email with a list of: