FLOODS UPDATE: Survey results

18 Mar 2022


Following the beginning of the Queensland and NSW floods, the AVA has asked veterinary practices how they were are being affected. We did this to assist us in understanding what is needed to support the profession through this time. 

There were 36 initial responses showing the floods are significantly impacting a number of veterinary practices. Insights from the survey results are discussed below.  

Since the initial survey, the impact of flooded areas has widened, with a very large number of practices affected. The feedback survey remains open and we’re asking all clinics in the flood affected areas to assist by adding information for their practices: (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BZDQQF6).  

Of the initial survey respondents, just over 60% indicated that they were required to close with over a third needing to close for at least five days. 47% of clinics had lost clinic infrastructure and approximately one third had lost drugs, equipment, and other consumables. Four of the clinics that responded reported losing 80% or more of their stock and equipment. Losses of animals were reported to be much lower.   

From the survey, it appears that two key problems are dealing with damaged or lost equipment, and difficulty in accessing supplies. The AVA is continuing to reach out to affected practices and provide assistance. 

Information on how to help, including through the AVA Veterinary Benevolent Fund, is available on our crisis resources page.