Important information for vets wanting to help bushfire-affected wildlife

wildlife bushfires
Dr Robert Johnson, Australian Veterinary Association Board of Directors

The best thing about being a veterinarian right now is you are in a position to do something very positive to help those animals affected by the horrific bushfires ravaging the country. But perhaps those who want to volunteer their time and service don’t know how to go about it. Fortunately, the Australian Veterinary Association has provided this very helpful guide for those eager to lend a hand.

To volunteer it is slightly different in each state: 

New South Wales—Veterinarians can sign up to the Australian Veterinary Emergency Response Team (AVERT) at AVERT will issue regular updates and contact you when required. 

Victoria—Agriculture Victoria has a formal Victorian Animal Welfare Emergency Plan for paid veterinary assistance in these emergencies. AVA is currently assisting with activation of the response. You can register here:

South Australia—South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management Inc (SAVEM) has been operating since December in response to the fire in the Adelaide Hills. Veterinarians and nurses wishing to join a SAVEM Activation must first complete mandatory training which is explained and outlined on the SAVEM website at

All other states—Vets in all other states wishing to volunteer, please sign up at the AVERT website at AVERT will issue regular updates and contact you when required.


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