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TLAR Responder Training 2023 - Save the dates: 28th/29th August 2023.

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

The recommencement of TLAR Responder Training (Technical Large Animal Rescue) hosted by the Western Australian Horse Council will begin again, in Western Australia this year.

We are delighted to have Dr Hayley Squance PhD (EM), MEd, BAppSc (Vet Tech) present the training over 2 days.


August 28th, 29th 2023.


State Equestrian Centre, Brigadoon. Western Australia.

The course format will combine theory and practical application of large animal manual and mechanical rescue techniques through case studies as well as scenarios utilising large animal mannequins, rescue equipment & the WA Horse Councils custom engineered Horse float Rollover simulator.

Dr Hayley Squance is the managing director of BML Veterinary Consulting, having 13 years of experience in the fields of emergency management, animal welfare & agriculture. She holds a PhD in Emergency Management, authoring a paper that focuses on "Enhancing multi-agency collaboration for humane animal welfare emergency outcomes -wildfire responses."

With over 20 years experience in the veterinary profession in emergency and critical care,

as Associate Dean,

Dr Squance developed & led a veterinary emergency response team to provide this necessary service in New Zealand. Hayley has had over 25 activations to local and regional events including floods, wildfires, earthquakes and snow events as well as multiple international aid responses.

Most recently she has been active with deployment to Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), in response to the devastating results of Cyclone Gabrielle.

Dr Squance is a consultant and thought leader in capability development and emergency management specialising in animal welfare emergency management, veterinary emergency response, technical large animal rescue, allied veterinary professional utilisation and curriculum development.

TLAR techniques demonstrated & advised in this training are aligned to the Australian & New Zealand National Council for Fire & Emergency Services (AFAC) large animal rescue operations guidelines.

Topics & Learning objectives to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Human and animal behaviour in rescue situations.

  • First responder roles in large animal incidents.

  • Considerations of scene assessment, safety and humane animal rescue.

  • Understand the roles of first responders in an animal incident response

  • Develop the knowledge of skills required to assess and manage a large animal rescue safely and humanely.

  • Provide a first responder role in incidents involving large animals

  • Improve health and welfare outcomes for animals and their owners

  • Improve personal and colleagues’ safety during an emergency.

  • Personal satisfaction in providing an important and necessary community service.

More information regarding Vet Ed Accreditation, including supporting agencies will be released in future emails - so please stay tuned!

Feel free to share amongst your professional peers, and don't hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any questions.

Registrations of interest can be made via this online form:

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