How we began

The trigger for the formation of the South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) Group was the Victorian bushfires of Black Saturday, February 2009. Donations from the South Australian Veterinary community were managed by SAVEM founder and Coordinator, Dr Rachel Westcott, with logistics support from ProVet South Australia. Support materiel was shipped into Victoria to veterinarians and their clinics working in the fire-affected region.

From there the SAVEM Plan evolved. A core group of Veterinarians, assisted by Biosecurity SA Veterinary Officer, Dr Nancy Bombardieri, met to write the Plan, which was 'Assured' by State Response Advisory Group in 2010. Read more about the SAVEM Plan.

Committee members

Dr. Rachel Westcott is the Coordinator, and veterinary and public point of contact. She is the foundation President.

Rachel operates the mobile veterinary practice Homecare Vet to Pet. She also was a police officer, a radiographer (and remains licensed) in a major public trauma centre, and for a decade has been the Controller vet at the Australian International Three Day Event.

Mr. Emilis Prelgauskas is the Secretary Treasurer. He is an architect in private practice with decades of experience in not-for-profit organisations in his professional fields, in his local community and sporting interests.

The committee also draws on the expertise of Dr. Nancy Bombardieri who had extensive experience as a Veterinarian in the Private sector, and now works for Government at PIRSA in Biosecurity SA.

Dr. Samantha Mead, CEO of SIDS for KIDS in South Australia, has worked in a number of senior roles in the not-for-profit sector both nationally and internationally including in the Veterinary industry, and offers her organisational expertise to SAVEM.

Fundraising and donations

We plan to undertake fund raising activities. SAVEM is also registered with the ATO as a Charity.

You can donate through PayPal — the safer, easier way to pay online.

You can also make donations to the postal address:

SAVEM Inc. PO Box 1, Bridgewater South Australia 5155