Information for veterinarians

Notice to Veterinarians

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Emergency animal diseases

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:

Animal welfare

Animal welfare in the Northern Territory on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Managing animals in a natural disaster on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Disease surveillance

Screw worm fly surveillance information on the NT.GOV.AU website.

National TSE Surveillance Program information on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Wildlife Health Australia website.

National Significant Disease Investigation Program

The National Significant Disease Investigation Program (NSDIP) aims to enhance Australia´s capacity for the early detection of livestock and wildlife diseases through increasing the participation of private veterinarians in investigation of significant disease events.

What is a significant disease event?

A significant disease event includes the following:

  • atypical morbidity, mortality and/or rate of disease spread;
  • clinical signs consistent with an exotic disease without a clear alternative diagnosis;
  • Incidents where an initial investigation fails to establish a diagnosis however findings suggest the potential for significant trade or market access, farm productivity, public health, or wildlife biodiversity conservation impacts.
Investigating significant disease events

When a veterinarian becomes aware of a case which is consistent with the significant disease event criteria, the vet should contact the Northern Territory NSDIP Co-ordinator to confirm the availability of an investigation subsidy and discuss arrangements for the investigation.

The investigation process includes:

  • authorisation by NSDIP coordinator to conduct subsidised investigation
  • diagnostic samples for laboratory testing submitted to the Berrimah Veterinary Laboratory with Specimen Advice Notice (SAN) by veterinarian
  • dull investigation details including assessment and laboratory reports using the Record of Animal Disease Event (ROADE) form submitted by veterinarian
  • itemised tax invoice to claim subsidy submitted by veterinarian.
Subsidies available for veterinarians

This program subsidises the cost of a disease investigation conducted by a private veterinarian. Subsidies are available for:

  • initial field investigation $225 (local) - $335 (remote)
  • laboratory testing $155
  • follow-up investigation. $225 (local) - $335 (remote).

The NSDIP is managed by Animal Health Australia and funded by livestock industries and governments. Private veterinarians should contact the Northern Territory coordinator to participate in the program.

Further information about NSDIP

Animal Health Australia - National Significant Disease Investigation Program.

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Information for clients - livestock owners

Property registration for owners of livestock on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Livestock identification and movement on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Animal health and disease on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Training programs

Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV)


Biosecurity contacts on the NT.GOV.AU website.

Useful links

NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries Chemical Services

NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries use of 1080 poison

NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries 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

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, 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: 01 December 2017