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Australian Veterinary Emergency Response Team

A national database of experienced volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses

A national database of experienced volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses

Ready to respond to any natural disaster or emergency animal disease outbreaks in Australia

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.

Become a Volunteer

Vets Beyond Borders’ AVERT Program was launched in 2015,  establishing a national database of experienced volunteer veterinarians, and veterinary nurses, 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.

All information collected will be managed by VBB and confidentiality is paramount. Information from the database will only be released to State Emergency officials on request in emergency situations in Australia and will not be used for any other purpose. For further information, please refer to the VBB Privacy Policy on our website.

You don’t need to be a financial member to register your AVERT interest by filling in this form. But at the time of deployment,  all volunteers must be financial members to ensure they are covered by our volunteer insurance policy. Our insurance covers volunteers for work undertaken in Australia and New Zealand.

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