EVA Hendra Indemnity Forms for use by Veterinarians

 

Veterinary Advisory Form and Position Statement - Provides equine veterinarians with step-by-step guide to using the following resources

EVA Notification of Advice to Equestrian Event Organisers - To be sent to the Event Organiser (updated 24th November 2015)

Statement of Veterinary Advice re Hendra (QLD and NSW equestrian events)
(updated 24th November 2015)

Statement of Veterinary Advice re Hendra (VIC, SA, WA, NT, TAS and ACT equestrian events)
(updated 24th November 2015)

Acknowledgment and Indemnity - Veterinary indemnification form  (updated 24th November 2015)

 

Background:

Equine Veterinarians that provide veterinary services on a paid or voluntary basis, at equestrian events that have a risk of Hendra Disease have duties under the Work Health and Safety Act.

Managing Hendra biosecurity risk at events is extremely challenging due to the nature of the HeV disease and the large number of horses and people intensively interacting. This is not typical of the veterinarian’s usual work place environment where they may be required to manage HeV risk, yet the same onerous liability under the Act exists.

Event organisers have a responsibility to ensure a safe environment for horses and people. However the experience EVA members have of the current and historical competencies of event organisers, volunteers, event participants and officials to understand, design, implement, adhere to and manage the biosecurity essentials during an equestrian event is woefully deficient and unreliable in the occurrence of an Hendra biosecurity situation.

EVA encourages you to use the forms listed above when providing services at equestrian events that DO NOT have a mandatory vaccination requirement, and where competitors' horses have originated from the Hendra endemic states of Queensland and New South Wales.

Veterinarians that officiate or provide services at equestrian events are recommended to issue the following notification of advice:

  1. EVA advises event organisers in Queensland and New South Wales to implement a Hendra vaccination mandatory requirement for all competitors’ horses.
  2. EVA advises event organisers in the other States and Territories to implement a Hendra vaccination mandatory requirement for those competitor’s horses who have travelled from Queensland and New South Wales, within the last 30 days.
     

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