What would you do if you came across an overturned truck full of polo ponies, were called to help a cow stuck in mud or found trapped and injured large animals after a bushfire? All are real life situations.
In a first for the Southern Hemisphere, an International Large Animal Rescue Conference will be held in South Australia at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus on the 2nd & 3rd November 2013. This event is set to benchmark aspects related the management of animal welfare at accident scenes and large animal rescue
techniques for Australia.
A broad program of expert presenters has been assembled including Jim Green from Hampshire Fire & Rescue (UK), Dr Rebecca Gimenez, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (USA) and Dr Ian Dacre, Disaster Management Operations Director Asia-Pacific branch of the World Society for the Protection of Animals.
The conference will provide a unique opportunity to bring the best in their fields from around the world together in one location, including one presentation via Skype from Professor Josh Slater of the Royal Veterinary College, London.
Emergency service volunteers, large animal owners, educators, animal rescue volunteers, veterinarians and government staff are all invited to attend.
"Horse & livestock industry workers & volunteers are facing a rapid change in their traditional operating environments with biosecurity, animal welfare and workplace safety requirements now requiring a rethink of how many tasks are done" said Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer of Horse SA and event organiser.
Horse event incident response team volunteer training, pre-event risk assessments from a recovery viewpoint, working as a team to manage a competition event accident and the transport of injured equine athletes to an animal hospital will be of interest to the many volunteers who organise horse, alpaca & cattle related events every weekend around Australia.
Emergency service workers, including State Emergency Services, Fire & Rescue and Fire Service road crash response units will gain insights into many aspects of safe working environments involving large animals, including the complexities involved in the sa management of an overturned livestock transport or horse float accident scene.
An outdoor demonstration of the latest animal rescue equipment is also planned.
People who work with any kind of large animal will find this event relevant including zoos, exhibition cattle and saleyards.
Early conference registrations have already been received from most States of Australia, New Zealand and India.
Horse SA has, as a key goal, to make sure horses are a valued part of our Australian culture, community and business life. The organisation works at all levels of government, business and non-profit organisations through to grass roots horse owners to achieve that goal.