Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
The first International Large Animal Rescue Conference to be held in the Southern Hemisphere will focus on topics such as animals in disaster, livestock transportation and competition incident management. The event, to be attended by the horse industry, emergency services and veterinarians from around the world, will be held in South Australia, November 2-3, 2013, at the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to bring the best in their fields from around the world together in one location.
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 are among the keynote speakers.

Supporting speakers for the conference themes of large animal rescue, animals in disaster, livestock transport and competition incident management include Professor Christopher Riley and Hayley Squance of Massey University, New Zealand, and Dr Christine Smith, Anthony Hatch and David King of Australia.

"This is a new area of skills & knowledge for Australia," said Julie Fiedler, Executive Officer of Horse SA and conference organiser. "The conference will help drive along the introduction of more training and education to be included not only for horse owners, but within emergency service agencies."

Riley the Rescue Horse will feature in the outdoor presentations at the conference. Imported from the UK, Riley is a life size mannequin horse weighing over 350 kgs, designed especially for large animal rescue training.

Registrations are now open for the event, to be held at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus.  Emergency service volunteers, large animal owners, educators, animal rescue volunteers, veterinarians and government staff are all invited to attend.
About the Fifth International Conference on Large Animal Rescue
The Fifth International Conference on Large Animal Rescue has selected Roseworthy Campus of the University Veterinary School in South Australia, November 2-3, 2013. Interested attendees can obtain information from the executive director of Horse SA, Julie Fiedler, at [email protected] The last four international conferences were held in 1992 and 1993 (California), 2005 (New York) and 2008 (Lynhurst, UK). Since then, there have been many changes, technique improvements and new equipment brought into use, as well as scientific advances related to the technical aspects of large animal rescue. This conference will bring the leaders in these disciplines together to learn from one another, and to discuss the future.

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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.
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