Veterinarians

To report a suspected emergency animal disease, please immediately contact a PIRSA veterinary officer or phone the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Private veterinarians can be involved in the programs below.

Disease surveillance

Subsidies are available to support private veterinary investigations into livestock diseases where an infectious agent is a potential cause.

Livestock disease surveillance programs in South Australia are aimed at maintaining South Australia’s highly regarded animal health status. Programs cover all livestock species, including cattle, sheep, goats, horses, alpacas, pigs and poultry. Wildlife disease surveillance is also conducted.

Find out more about Livestock Disease Surveillance.

Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians

The Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV) allows private veterinarians to take part in government sponsored programs.

Learn more about the APAV on the Animal Health Australia website.

Private vets and animal disease response

During an emergency animal disease response, private veterinarians may be employed by state or territory governments as:

  • temporary or casual employees
  • contractors at nationally agreed remuneration rates.

Learn more at the federal Department of Agriculture website.

Notifiable diseases

Veterinarians must immediately report the diagnosis or suspicion of any notifiable disease. This is required by the Livestock Act 1997 and Livestock Regulations 2013. Even low suspicions and requests for rule-out testing must be reported.

To report a suspected emergency animal disease, please immediately contact a PIRSA veterinary officer or phone the 24-hour Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Learn more about reporting animal diseases.

Ovine Brucellosis-Free Accreditation Program

Approved vets can perform the:

  • sampling
  • clinical examination
  • testing
  • property inspection

for the Ovine Brucellosis-free Accreditation scheme.

The approved vets must submit reports to Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and notify the Chief Veterinary Officer about breaches of protocol.

To become an approved vet for this program contact:

Karen Greenhalgh
Phone: (08) 8429 0869
Email: karen.greenhalgh@sa.gov.au

Page Last Reviewed: 26 Feb 2018
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