Photo supplied by David King


Photo supplied by David King

The purposes of the association are:

  1.  To provide a focus and benefit for, and collaborate with, a range of stakeholder groups to promote safer practices at incidents involving domestic animals. To advance practices and knowledge in all aspects of incident management involving animals, including research, policy, education, planning, safety, and practices to improve animal welfare outcomes.                                                                                                                                                                                  

  2.  Engage with local, national and international organisations to share knowledge, skills and identify opportunities to inform continuous improvement, knowledge, and skills transfer in all aspects of incidents involving animals incorporating contexts relating to people, and the environment


  3.  Contribute to strategic direction, advice and advocacy services promoting best practices to government, agencies, businesses and the community through formal channels and informal opportunities.                                                                        

  4.  Promote and facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources, including data and lessons learnt, amongst government, educational, professional, para-professional, non-profit and community organisations with direct or indirect roles related to incidents involving animals.                                                                                                                                     

  5.  Contribute to organisational, professional or personal improvement pathways through developing, delivery or evaluating policies, plans and projects focusing on transferable skills and knowledge between government agencies, organisations, professions and individuals.                                                                                                                                 

  6.  Contribute to education and career pathways through policy, standards development, mapping, resource production, delivery or evaluation for accredited or non-accredited, formal and informal learning opportunities at all levels from professional qualifications and continuing professional development to just-in-time community upskilling.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  7.  To explore future opportunities in wildlife, marine, birds and across categories, including pets, commercial livestock, therapy, sports, entertainment, working and wild animals and across social, cultural and geographic settings and scenarios.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  8.  Contribute to continuous improvement and the generation of solutions through leading or participating in research, new initiatives or other arrangements to advance the field of incidents involving animals.

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Interim Committee


Professor Josh Slater

Josh is acting Head of Melbourne Veterinary School and Head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has been an equine practitioner for almost 40 years and has extensive experience in Europe, having worked in private veterinary practice and in referral hospitals at the University of Cambridge and Royal Veterinary College, London.  He was a co-founder of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Association (BARTA) and is a current board member. He was the veterinary lead for animal emergency incident management in the UK, working closely with emergency responders and other agencies, and was a significant contributor to the establishment of emergency services and veterinary training in animal incident management and was an advisor for the FRS during the writing of the UK’s National Occupational Guidance for incidents involving animals. He is currently the chair of the Animal Emergency Incident Management Network (ANZ).  He is a practising veterinarian, clinical researcher and educator, speaker and author of book chapters and scientific articles on a wide range of equine veterinary topics.

Link to University of Melbourne profile


Vice Chair

David King ESM

David is a NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) Hawkesbury Unit Deputy Commander and the Co-chair of the NSW SES General Land Rescue Capability Development Group. David has been rescuing horses and cattle from creeks, dams, floats, buildings and bogs for over thirty years; and is now actively training rescue agencies throughout the State in all aspects of large animal rescue and relocation. David has authored numerous NSW SES training resources including road crash rescue, industrial and domestic rescue, flood rescue and more recently large animal rescue. In 2015, David was awarded an Emergency Services Medal (ESM) for his outstanding commitment, professionalism and dedication to building the operational capability of the NSW SES.

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Julie Fiedler

Julie is currently undertaking a PhD relating to sports horse welfare at the University of Melbourne. Julie is a member of the Skills Impact Animal Care and Management Industry Advisory Committee which has recently overseen projects related to human safety, horse welfare and incidents involving large animals in the workplace. Read more here  


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Ben Birbeck

Ben has over 18 years experience with emergency services across South Australia. After attending an animal rescue incident where one of his crew members was hospitalised, Ben worked closely with colleagues across Australia to develop and implement training to prevent the hospitalisation of emergency services responding to incidents involving animals.

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Professor Christopher B. Riley


BVSc(Hons), PhD, Diplomate of the  American College of Veterinary Surgeons, MANZCVS, ARTech I,  Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery.

Chris is Director of Research Commercialisation and Manager of the Veterinary Emergency Response Team at the School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, New Zealand. A veterinary graduate of the University Melbourne, he trained as a large animal surgery specialist in Canada and the USA. He is a certified animal rescue technician with experience in technical animal rescue and disaster responses. He is a practising veterinarian, international researcher, speaker and author of book chapters and articles on large animal welfare and aspects of animal rescue and disaster responses. 

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Rod Stebbing

As principal of his own company, Emtrain Fire and Community Safety Pty. Ltd. (Emtrain), and CEO of National Workplace Services Group Pty Ltd (NWSG) RTO 22148, Rod brings to AEIMN (ANZ) extensive knowledge and experience in vocational training and education.


Working alongside large animal rescue  stakeholders and client groups, Rod has provided guidance and support over the past five years in developing animal incident management. With over 40 year’s volunteer experience in fire and emergency response, his aim is to assist building operational capability and capacity in the sector to support the future growth of animal incident management in Australia.