Veterinary Board of the NT

Information for veterinarians


Emergency Animal Disease Hotline 1800 675 888

See information on notifiable diseases in animals and how to report one on NT.GOV.AU.

EAD preparedness and response - AUSVETPLAN.

Emergency and Exotic Animal Diseases - Bulletins and Alerts on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.


All of the following information is on the NT.GOV.AU website:

Screw worm fly surveillance information on the NT Government website.

National TSE Surveillance Program information on the NT Government website.

Wildlife Health Australia website.

The National Significant Disease Investigation (NSDI) program is a national program funded by Australian livestock industries and government, which aids investigation of significant disease events in livestock and wildlife by private vets who might be limited by competing priorities and commercial realities. Further information about the NSDI program can be found on the Animal Health Australia website.

What support is available?

  • Subsidies of up to $300 per case
  • Support and case advice from vet pathologists and government vets
  • Exemption from lab fees for samples submitted to the Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories (BVL)

Is my case eligible?

All registered vets can participate in the program.

To be eligible, the case must be a significant disease event affecting livestock or wildlife. Examples of eligible cases include:

  • sudden death or respiratory disease in a large number of pet chickens
  • neurological disease in horses
  • sickness or sudden death in multiple goats or sheep
  • unusual mortality in a large number of wild birds.

Vets are encouraged to apply for the subsidy when investigating livestock disease on small farms and rural blocks, especially where there are multiple animals at risk.

What do I have to do?

  1. Contact the relevant coordinator to determine if the case is eligible. For livestock cases, contact the NT NSDI coordinator. For wildlife, contact the NT Wildlife Health Australia (WHA)coordinator.
  2. Conduct the investigation, which may include a visit to the property, clinical evaluation, necropsy and submission of samples to the BVL.
  3. For livestock, provide diagnostic feedback to the livestock owner and ensure they have a Property Identification Code for their property.
  4. Submit required financial claim forms to the NSDI coordinator or NT WHA Coordinator.

NT NSDI program coordinator

Elizabeth Stedman
8999 2035

NT Wildlife Health Australia coordinator

Cathy Shilton
8999 2122

Biosecurity contacts on the NT.GOV.AU website.

NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources - Chemical Services

NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources - Use of 1080 poison

NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources - Livestock information

Centre for Disease Control - NT Department of Health

Contact Interpreting and Translating Service NT

NT medicines and poisons permits

NT radiation compliance certificates and registration

Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Australian Veterinary Boards Council

Australian Veterinary Association

Animal Health Australia

Medicines and poisons control

State boards Australia

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of New South Wales

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland

Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Tasmania

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Western Australia

Veterinary Surgeons Board of ACT

State board New Zealand

Veterinary Council of New Zealand

University veterinary faculties in Australia and New Zealand

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne

Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney

School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland

School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, Western Australia

School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide

School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga NSW

College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland

Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand

Foreign registering authorities

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK

American Veterinary Medical Association

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Last updated: 16 October 2020

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