Formed in 2018, following the devastating Edgecumbe flood the year prior that saw over 1,000 animals left behind in need of rescue, Animal Evac New Zealand (Kararehe Whakawatea) is a charity comprised volunteers throughout New Zealand who can assist emergency services and civil defence with the evacuation of animals, and to provide initial temporary sheltering in an emergency or disaster. Though there is a primary focus on companion animals, Animal Evac works to advocate for all animals that are vulnerable or affected by disasters. So that no animal is left behind.
Following highly successful TV coverage of our charity launch, we are now rolling our our foundation training courses throughout New Zealand.
Overview of Animal Evac NZ: What we are and are not
Animal Evac Vision, Values and Code of Conduct
Animal emergency management philosophy
Civil Defence Emergency Management in NZ overview
Welfare services in an emergency
Temporary emergency animal accommodation options
Animal evacuation registration (database) and reunification
Animal Evac NZ activation and command
Future training options and requirements
Health and safety
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. Please ensure you bring your ticket so we can account for who attended the training and ensure payment.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Our courses are pet free to ensure you are focused on the learning and not distracted. If you have a disability assistance dog, they are most welcome to accompany you.
I am automatically a responder for Animal Evac after the course?
In most cases, you will be flagged as meeting our minimum requirements and added to our database. However, you may be required to undertake additional training dependent on your role. In some cases, you may already hold required qualifications, and once we have confirmation of those we can update your status. Many of our roles also require you to pass a police/criminal background vetting process.
I am wanting a non operational role? Do I still need to take this course?
Yes. This is a mandatory induction for all our volunteers.
Is there any animal handling at this course?
No. This course is entirely classroom based, with lectures, discussions and group activities that accommodate a wide range of people and abilities.
Are there food stores or cafe's closeby?
We are still finalising the venue and will update you on this point soon. Tea and coffee will be supplied.
What should I bring?
We suggest you bring pen/paper and glasses/contact lenses if you need these for viewing television or whiteboards. Please dress to be comfortable. You may need money for food and if you want to buy a T Shirt ($30) [cash or mobile app payment].
What can I do prior to the course?
If you like to do some optional learning before the course, there is plenty of online courses and resources to can do and read up on respectively. Visit https://animaldisastermanagement.blog/aem101/
for further information.
Is the course NZVNA accredited?
Yes. If you are a NZVNA member, please bring your ID number with you so you can claim 5.5 CPD points.
I heard that you may have government funding for these courses?
We had successfully lobbied government to allow us to apply for such funding. Then govenment officials changed the rules and funding model mean that again, we are unable to access government civil defence training funding.
Is the course two days?
The NZVNA accredited Foundation Course is one day. However, we encourage you to attend the second day which is our sheltering course which is provided at no extra cost, as this is another mandatory course. If you can only attend the saturday, that is fine - but you will have to attend a sheltering course at some other time.
What do I get from the course?
There has been a minor increase in the course fee for 2019 to allow for a uniquely identified Animal Evac high visibiltiy vest being issued to you. It remains our property and has to be returned should you leave Animal Evac NZ. However, you will get course handouts and certificate as part of your course. T Shirts are an optional but encouraged (for sale).