Waikato Regional Branch Meeting - Emergency management of animals from a disaster perspective
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The challenges of managing animals and their owners in disasters are huge, and veterinarians often play a significant role in these stressful and difficult situations. Whether you are in equine, dairy, companion animal, sheep & beef or mixed animal practice you need to have the knowledge and confidence to respond effectively and appropriately when animals are involved in disasters.

When: Thursday 28 March 2019
Where: Wintec Bill Gallagher Events Centre
Tristram Street
Parking: Wintec multi-storey parking off Ward street (opposite Warehouse)
Hamilton, Waikato 
New Zealand
Contact: Charlotte Cantley
RSVP by 25 March 2019
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Who can attend?
This event is open to everyone who is interested including all veterinary support staff (nurses and reception staff).

NZVA members: Free
Non-members: small donation on the night to help cover costs.


Roy Breeze - Waikato Area Commander of Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ)
Roy has over 40 years experience with FENZ and has vast operational and pre-planning experience for emergency incidents. His areas include command and control all types of rescue, hazardous substances and animal rescues. Roy was instrumental in setting  up the urban search and rescue team (USAR) in Auckland, of which he was Task Force Leader for 10 years.

Roy’s talk will cover:  Animal rescue capabilities of FENZ, both now and in the future; Command and Control aspects of an animal rescue or disasters affecting animals; How veterinarians and FENZ can work together to get the best outcome for the animals and safety of all responders; Examples of some animal rescues.

Hayley Squance – MPI Advisor for Animal Welfare Emergency Management (AWEM)
Hayley is a regional AWEM co-ordinator for the North Island, and PhD student with the Joint Centre for Disaster Research. She was the founder and team leader for the veterinary emergency response team at Massey University which has had several national and international deployments. During the past two years Hayley has had over 20 activations for various emergency events, the most recent being the Tasman fires where Hayley was the AWEM co-ordinator. Hayley is an emergency management practitioner, researcher, advisor and educator.

Hayley’s talk will cover: An introduction to animals in emergency management;veterinary professionals role in animal related emergencies including risk management; the AWEM framework and how veterinary professionals can reduce the impact of disasters on their practice/clients/patients and improve their situational awareness. The presentation will include case examples of responses

Bill Bishop  - Equine veterinarian and NZ Horse Ambulance Trust 
The goal of the New Zealand Equine Ambulance Trust (established 2016) is to develop and deliver a fleet of ten horse ambulances throughout New Zealand to support NZ horse welfare. The carefully engineered and designed ambulances are capable of transporting injured or dead horses from events or disasters. Thanks  to the support of benefactors and sponsors, there are currently two ambulances and towing vehicles in service (one in Christchurch and one in Auckland) with more in production.

Bills talk will cover:  a brief update on the NZ Horse Ambulance Trust project.


We hope that you can make it!

From the Waikato Regional Branch committee.