Tips for horse event organisers putting together a plan to respond to incidents can be found within these two documents


  1. Australian Horse Welfare & Well-being Toolkit Download here
  2. Self assessment guide for community event organisers: responding to incidents involving horses   Download here




Australian Journal of Emergency Management: May 2015 edition totally dedicated to Animals & Emergencies

Radio interview (June 2015) with David King NSW SES and Dr Kirrilly Thompson CQU Appleton Institute

NSW SES have put together a YouTube video of one of their LAR practice sessions




WASART  Managing the head of the prone horse

WASART   Emergency halter

WASART General strop techniques





On 2nd/3rd November 2013 Horse SA ran the International Large Animal Rescue Conference at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy. The conference had four themes:  Large Animal Rescue,  Event Incident Management, Livestock Transport & Animals in Disaster.

This page contains information from the conference.  In the meantime, people interested in formalising LAR in Australia are invited to join the forum below which commences the pathway to a new national not-for-profit organisation (based on BARTA) national training standards & greater interface with government/community relating to animals in disasters.

General enquiries can be directed to Horse SA

Australasian Large Animal Rescue Standards Forum:  Drawing from the overseas experience and current Australian knowledge, this group will be the catalyst to draw together persons and organisations with an interest in veterinary care, training and technical rescue in the speciality field of Large Animal Rescue in the Australian context. This group will be the initial communications medium following the highly successful International Large Animal Rescue Conference held at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus, South Australia facilitated by Horse SA

Info Sheet: What is Large Animal Rescue?

Horse SA Media Release 08.11.13       Photos are available on request



(please note that a number of presentations/abstracts/summaries are yet to be uploaded. The listings below are in no particular order)



GREEN Jim Green    Animal Rescue Specialist    Hampshire Fire & Rescue UK

Pre-conference Presentation on “What is the Corporate Risk?”  has been summarised by Dr Rebecca Gimenez in a blog on The Horse 911

  Article: BARTA  Animal Rescue Development1


Video: Safer Animal Rescue- The Journey So Far   

Video: Livestock Transportation Incidents- Challenges and Multi -agency Operating Needs

PowerPoint: What can we take forward from the 2012 Olympics?  Presented by Jim through his role in the British Animal Rescue & Trauma Care Assoc.


GIMENEZ Dr Rebecca Gimenez    Primary Instructor,   Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Inc  USA (or Facebook Group)

Video:  Celebrating 20 years of Large Animal Rescue Progress

Video: Current Issues, Topics & Research Themes: Livestock Transport


Related post-conference blogs: Large Animal Rescue Training in Australia    USA Radio Show


IanDacre2Dr Ian Dacre Disaster Management Operations Director Asia-Pacific Region, World  Society for the Protection of Animals    THAILAND

Video: Animals in Disasters



JOSHSLATER Dr  Josh Slater  Professor in Equine Clinical Studies  Royal Veterinary College, London  UK  (Via GoToMeeting)

Video: Considerations for the Emergency Transport of Large Animal Patients




CHRISRILEYDr Christopher Riley Professor of Equine Clinical Sciences and Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery, Institute
of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, College of Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North NZ

Abstract:  Triage and management of large animals involved in disasters

PowerPoint PDF:  Triage of large animals in disastersAdelaide2013Pub


Dr Christine Smith   Australian Equine Veterinary Association & Agnes Banks Veterinary ClinicOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Video: The Rescue Scene- Veterinarians Viewpoint

Abstract: Adelaide Abstract Role of the vet and working with emergency services C Smith


Anthony Hatch &  Chris Eburn   NSW State Emergency ServiceHatchy horse

 Video: Large Animal Rescue   Hawkesbury SES


Use of the Rescue Glide          Rescue Glide onto Bow-Loading Boat     Quick Release Spreader Bar    Mud Rescue Equipment


MaryAnne Leighton      Author   Equine Emergency RescueMaryAnne Leighton

Video:  Large Animal Rescue in Australia




ARVINDDr Arvind Sharma  Assistant Professor of Veterinary Surgery & Radiology in the Department of Veterinary Surgery
& Radiology in the Dr. G.C Negi College of Veterinary & Animal
Sciences, Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University in the North West India

Video: Scope of Large Animal Rescue in the North

SlideShare: Veterinary Profession, My Places, My People   (Not presented but available for viewing)

Hayley Squance(edited) Hayley Squance  Programme Director & Lecturer  Bachelor of Veterinary Technology Programme  Massey University Institute of Veterinary, Animal & Biomedical Sciences

Video: Veterinary Emergency Response Teams



 Dr Belinda Noble   Equine Ambulatory Clinician  University of Adelaide, Roseworthy CampusBELINDA

Horse Float Safety Survey –  Report Update




Chris HeislersDr Chris Heislers   The Veterinary Surgery  VIC

Black Saturday Fires & Horses  (pictures are wobbly on the YouTube so PowerPoint uploaded separately)

Bushfire observations:  Article

PDF of  ILAR PowerPoint TVS Horse Rescue Bushfire presentation

Dr Chris Heislers presentation at ILAR- Powerpoint added onto Slideshare


Dr Mark Peters   Animal Welfare Advisor  Biosecurity SA  Primary Industries and  Regions South AustraliaMark Peters

Video: Australian Animal Welfare Strategy



Dr Kirrilly Thompson  Senior Research Fellow  Appleton Institute  Central Queensland University (SA)PHOTOKT

Video: “Should I Stay or Should I Go? Increasing natural disaster preparedness’ and survival through animal attachment” Project Update



Dr Peter Horridge (R in image)   IMG_9636

Video: Introduction of LAR Techniques to Thoroughbred Racing



RGARWOODRaylene Garwood    Australian Trail Horse Riders Assoc “Devils on Horseback”

Video:  Equine Emergency Planning:  A Stairway to Heaven or Highway to Hell?




Dr Rebecca McConnico entries & profile

Becky McConnico   Biosecurity  Experiential Learning










The winning poster was “Biosecurity”. Dr McConnico has won $AUD100

PHOTOS: A selection have been added to Flickr

MEDIA:  A number of media opportunities were provided leading up to and during the conference. This included media releases (many), an ABC Radio Interview conducted with Dr Ian Dacre & Julie Fiedler, which was broadcast in SA and made available to ABC regional radio networks. ABC TV news prepared and broadcast this story: “Conference hears better methods for rescuing animals in disasters needed

Following the conference Horsetalk NZ published this story: “First Large Animal Rescue Conference held in Southern Hemisphere”  HorseYard “New Australasian Large Animal Rescue Standards Forum Established”  More links to media will be added as available.



Jim Green (UK) & Dr Rebecca Gimenez (USA)Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue sponsored The Sheri Holmes Memorial Award for Large Animal Rescue Leadership which was presented to Jim Green of the Hampshire Fire Rescue Service, UK at the ILAR 2013, 5th International Large Animal Rescue Conference at Roseworthy, South Australia.

Read more about the Award & Sheri Holmes here: Award



Dr Arvind Sharma (India) & Dr Rebecca Gimenez (USA)

TLAER Inc also recognised the extraordinary lengths that Dr Arvind Sharma had to travel to get to this conference. It started with a 12 hour bus trip just to reach the New Delhi airport before the flight to Australia.





Conference Sponsors- Please visit their websites and take time to view their products & services


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affordable rescue training equipment to the Emergency Services including the famous mannequin horse.


Safety, Access and Training provides quality consultancy and training services; we take pride as specialists in the fields of hazardous work environments, risk management, safety, workplace emergency management and rescue.


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 Conference Partners:







Conference Supporters

Hampshire Fire & Rescue

British Animal Rescue & Trauma Assoc.

Britton Maritime Solutions

SA Metropolitan Fire Service (Urban Search & Rescue)

Fire & Rescue Safety Australia

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue

Kapunda SES

Equine Veterinarians Australia

Central Queensland University

Triple Cherry Coffee

Austbrokers Terrace Insurance

Bonnetts Saddlery

Equine Emergency Rescue


NSW  State Emergency Service

Australian Animal Welfare Strategy

Australian Institute of Animal Management

University of Adelaide Equine Health & Performance Centre

Queensland Horse Council

University of Adelaide Equine Students Special Interest Group



Including David King, NSW SES, who was involved in with the planning phases but was subsequently required to continue his role as Incident Controller with the NSW Fires raging at the time.


cover“Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue” – the only Textbook available in this new discipline of the fire service and veterinary world. By Wiley-Blackwell Publishers  order online at any bookseller.












01.03.14  LINKED IN DRAFT Outline for Horse Event Incident Response Training until March 15