EVA recognises Anthony Hatch’s services to the horse industry


13659167_10153922500822987_326268636343510426_nCongratulations to Anthony Hatch, Senior Rescue Instructor with Fire & Rescue NSW, on receiving Equine Veterinarians Australia’s award for services to the Australian horse industry.

Hatchy received this  award from EVA President Dr Ian Fulton at a ceremony at EVA’s annual Gala Awards’ Night on the 21st of July 2016..

Hatchy, who has more than 30 years’ experience in rescue, includes as highlights of his career his involvement in the successful rescue of Stuart Diver in the Thredbo landslide, and being part of the USAR team to the Japanese tsunami for which he received a Humanitarian Medal.

Growing up n a Riverina sheep station, Hatchy’s interest in animal welfare continued into his professional career. After failing in his untrained attempts to rescue trapped large animals, he identified deficiencies in Australia’s approach to these rescues. In 2008, he applied for and received a Winston Churchill Fellowship and in 2009 travelled to the USA, UK and Europe to research world’s best practise in Large Animal Rescue.

On his return to Australia, Hatchy adapted the overseas Large Animal Rescue training packages and began training SES, Fire & Rescue, Mounted Police, RSPCA Inspectors, veterinarians, and racing stewards and barrier attendants.

In 2011, EVA (with sponsorship from Provet and Troy) purchased a Resquip rescue training mannequin and reached an arrangement with Fire & Rescue NSW that Hatchy could join EVA volunteers to train equine veterinarians and vet science students in Large Animal Rescue techniques. To date, Hatchy has trained more than 300 vets and countless more emergency personnel to safely manage emergency horse rescues in this country.

The EVA President congratulated Hatchy for his lasting contribution to the horse industry and expressed how proud he was to present this award to a very deserving man.

I extend my personal thanks to Hatchy who has supported me from our first contact – and whose pioneering work in Large Animal Rescue in Australia made it so much easier for those of us who now also work in this area.

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