Information for veterinarians

Emergency Animal Disease Hotline - 1800 675 888

See information on notifiable diseases in animals and how to report one on Northern Territory Government website.

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 Northern Territory Government website:

Animal welfare in the Northern Territory on the Northern Territory Government website.

Screw worm fly surveillance information on the Northern Territory Government website.

National TSE Surveillance Program information on the Northern Territory 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
08 8999 2035

NT Wildlife Health Australia coordinator

Cathy Shilton
08 8999 2122

Berrimah Veterinary Laboratories on the Northern Territory Government website.

Biosecurity contacts on the Northern Territory Government website.

Last updated: 16 June 2022

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