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Response to EAD events

Veterinarians inspecting a suspect Hendra virus case
Photo: Simon Firestone, University of Melbourne

Veterinary activities during an EAD response

Veterinarians working within an EAD response may be drawn from the private or public sector. Government veterinarians have experience working within legislated disease surveillance and control programs and/or in emergency preparedness and response. Therefore, within an EAD response, government veterinarians generally have experience and expertise that means they are better suited to the strategic-level roles in control centres.

Within an EAD response a private veterinarian is most likely to be employed or contracted as a member of a field team. The roles and responsibilities of such teams typically include:

  • Investigating unreported or undetected foci of infection
  • Examining the health status of at-risk animals and collecting diagnostic samples
  • Advising owners of at-risk animals about precautions to take to minimise the risk of infection, restrictions on animal movement, and how to report suspicions of disease
  • Applying quarantine under the appropriate legislation once legal authority has been granted
  • Ensuring that biosecurity procedures are implemented in the field

For further reading, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has online information regarding the Engagement of Private Veterinarians in an EAD Response.