Foundation Course

Foundation Course

If you ever wanted to help animals affected by emergencies or disaster, our foundation course is for you.

Animal Evac New Zealand is the country’s only dedicated animal disaster management charity, with over 200 trained animal disaster responders nation wide, from a wide range of backgrounds including veterinarians, veterinary nurses, combat medic specialists, humanitarian aid workers, disaster managers, lawyers, animal control officers, animal welfare inspectors, zoo keepers, researchers, psychologists, and more.

This 9 hour course is presented by leading experts and inducts new Animal Evac NZ volunteers on how to get ready and respond to future emergencies.

Through interactive lectures, group discussion and presentations, and role playing activities, you will come away knowing how you can help the animals affected by disaster.


Steve Glassey MEmergMgt CertAWI CEM®
Co-founder of Animal Evac New Zealand

Former CEO Wellington SPCA and former United Nations Disaster Management Officer.

Mark Anderson PGCertEmergMgt BHSc MNZM
Combat medical specialist and former Military Police.

Pre-course learning

Students should undertake 10-20 hours of pre-course learning to help orientate themselves to animal emergency management. Readings and online courses can be found at Animal Emergency Management 101.


This course is accredited by the New Zealand Veterinary Nurse Association for continuing professional development credit.

CPD points: 5.5

Course Feedback

“Instruction was awesome and inspiring

“Presenter’s expert knowledge and extensive experience”

“Nice vibe and atmosphere. Appreciate the explicit statement of diversity and inclusion

“Amazing course! Well worth the money”

“We so desperately need this!”

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