Support a search for missing livestock ship crew including a young Australian veterinarian

You may be aware that a on September 2, the Gulf Livestock is believed to have tragically sunk in the East China Sea during Typhoon Maysak. 43 crew members from Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines were all on board the vessel travelling from New Zealand to the Port of Jingtang in Tanghsan, China.

If these men including one of our veterinary colleagues Lukas Orda, made it to the lifeboats they could still be out there (they will have 30 days of supplies) so the family and friends are co-ordinating search and rescue efforts after the Government efforts have been scaled back.

Reports have emerged from the found survivors that all but three crew members were on the ship’s bridge prior to the boat sinking, preparing to board life vessels.

Please consider donating (AT THIS LINK ) and sharing to raise awareness and get this ocean search happening – time is critical!

Dr Emma Davis BVSc xx

This is a post from the family and friends of those young men – currently lost at sea.

“Hi, we are the Australian & New Zealand family & friends of the remaining 40 missing crew of the Gulf Livestock 1. We’re desperately asking for your help to find our boys and #bringthemhome. Money will go towards Satellite & Drone surveillance technology, chartered Search & Rescue vehicles, awareness media campaigns and search incentives.

We are two best friends of Will Mainprize, our names are Harry Morrison of Tasmania & Elliot O’Hara of NSW are leading this fundraiser to get these boys home. We’ve both been friends of Will for over 10 years, and both attended university with him at CSU in the town of Bathurst, NSW. Harry was Will’s housemate for the duration of our university degree along with working alongside him on multiple live export ships throughout the years.
We are working with friends and family of the remaining Australian & New Zealand crew to fund the SAR operations. These funds raised will go solely to the Search & Rescue efforts and with anything remaining we will put toward a good cause.

Please watch the video and read more below.
To help get the word out, you can share the link to your social profiles and send around to anyone you think may help.

The Backstory
On September 2, the Gulf Livestock 1 is believed to of tragically sunk in the East China Sea during Typhoon Maysak. 43 crew members from Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines were all on board the vessel travelling from New Zealand to the Port of Jingtang in Tanghsan, China.

The livestock carrier issues a distress signal at 01:45 Tokyo Time, some 180km from Amami Archipelago, part of the Ryuku Islands southwest of Kyushu, Japan.

Once the weather settled, the Japanese Coast Guard responded and were able to search the area for four days before Typhoon Haishen entered the region. They found 2 survivors, 1 deceased, 1 lifeboat & 1 life raft.

Since then, the Japanese Coast Guard has scaled down Search & Rescue operations to regular patrols.
This leaves the remaining unaccounted for:
– 40 crew
– 1 lifeboat
– 4 life rafts

Why We’re Still Hopeful
All life vessels hold 20-30 people and include enough food & water rations to nourish a full vessel for 30 days.
Reports have emerged from the found survivors that all but three crew members were on the ship’s bridge prior to the boat sinking, preparing to board life vessels.
Given their resources, preparation time and experience on the high seas, this leaves us – the family, friends & loved ones – a strong reason to believe that some crew are still out there.
The search needs to be continued at all costs.

How You Can Help
While the Japanese Coast Guard has done a great job so far, with your much appreciated help we’re hoping to enlist the help of satellite companies, drone operators & privately owned search & rescue aircraft/vessels to aid the search operations.What we’re hoping to achieve with your help is: –

Satellite Search & Imagery
– These incredibly high resolution images will be used to aid Search & Rescue find the remaining crew members via sea & air.
– The satellites will be aimed in the areas where sea currents, swells & wind are have thought to of taken the remaining survivors.
– We (along with whoever can help) will scour these images for traces of Gulf Livestock 1 survivors, life jackets, life boat & rafts.
– If anything is found we will pass on the coordinates to the Japanese Coast Guard and our own private Search & Rescue charter (mentioned below) to continue searching by sea & air.
– These areas suggested by our maritime experts are shown here > Calypso Science
Cost: We have been quoted AUD$150,000 per 100km2 (at a discount of 50%)
– The total cost will be paid directly to the satellite company (unable to name them for legal/media reasons).

Maritime Patrol Aircraft
– E.g. P-3 Orion, Kawasaki P-1 or similar
– These aircraft can search 1600km2 over 10 hours and are equipped with military grade maritime surveillance technology that accurately detects submersed and/or surface vessels.
– These are available for hire in Japan at a cost.
– Working off the previously mentioned areas suggested by maritime experts (based on swell, wind & currents), we can hire one of these aircraft to search for any ship remains, survivors, life jackets and liferafts.

Cost: We have been quoted $5000 – $20,000 per hour, maximum search time of 10 hours per flight.
Allowing for 2 searches the total comes to AUD$100,000.
– The total cost of each flight will be paid direct to the aircraft owner per flight. The hire company is yet to be

Private Entity Search & Rescue
– With your help, the friends & family of the remaining 40 crew members are hoping to charter their own Search & Rescue vehicles to search islands and shorelines close to expert suggested areas where survivors are likely to be.
– These vehicles will keep an eye out for ship remains, survivors, life jackets and life rafts.
– Japan has thousands of islands, there is a good chance that something has washed up on one of them (similar to
the first lifeboat).

COST: 1 day boat hire approx. AUD$4500, 1 day plane hire (2 person) approx. AUD$15,000 per day. We are budgeting AUD$50,000 towards this.
– The total costs will be paid directly to the boat & aircraft charter companies.
Local Awareness
– The friends & family of the remaining 40 crew are wanting to raise awareness among Japanese prefectures and island chains in close location to areas outlined by our maritime experts.
– This will be done through local television, newspaper, social media & radio advertising.
– More specifically, these prefectures, island groups and towns are: –
– Riukiu Islands
– Daito Islands
– Izu Islands
– Yakushima Island
– Toshima Island
– Tanegashima
– Shibushi Bay
– Kagoshima Prefecture
– Miyazaki Prefecture
– Kochi Prefecture
– Tokushima Prefecture
– Wakayama Prefecture
– Mie Prefecture
COST: We are budgeting AUD$50,000 for this.
– The total costs will be paid direct to each publication.
Incentives/Reward for Japanese nationals
– We’re wanting to provide an incentive to local Japanese fishermen, pilots and boats in order to help search for the remaining survivors.
– This will be a cash reward for finding any survivors.
COST: We are budgeting AUD$50,000 for this.
– The total amount with be paid direct to each Japanese National.

We Are in Desperate Need of Your Help.

After much campaigning & lobbying, the Australian, New Zealand & Filipino governments are yet to deploy any resources, funding, or support to the rescue effort.

Any money, help, advice, or time you can spare means the world to us and we could not be any more thankful.

We just want our boys home.

To help get the word out, you can share the link to your social profiles and send around to anyone you think may help.

Please consider making a donation to  GO FUND ME DONATIONS HERE ! and sharing this post to raise awareness x

Announcing the Global Online Veterinary Career Summit! …. Coming in June 2020! Register Your Interest Today!


We are super proud to announce the launch of the Global Online Veterinary Careers Summit! (AUS and NZ) is working in partnership with The DVM Project Career Discussion Group (Canada and US)  and Vets Stay, Go Diversify (UK and EUR)

Register your interest to get involved in the link below and be part of this interactive community extravaganza 

Register your interest here!

We would love to include photos of this community in the summit to showcase our diverse #VetPassports ! So, to celebrate today pop photos of your veterinary careers and journeys in the comments below


Emma Davis, Co-founder of           

Emma will join us all the way from Australia and will help us to make the most of career opportunities all around us. is a career hub that specialises in roles outside of traditional veterinary practice – such as public practice, research, and corporate veterinary roles. Promoting the role of the veterinarian in society in addressing issues of animal welfare, zoonotic and emerging disease, biosecurity, food safety & security.

Ebony Escalona, founder of  Vets Stay Go Diversify!  Ebony– founder of VSGD from the UK is all about bringing community together and showcasing the career stories inside us all. Vets Stay Go Diversify! is a veterinary careers community like no other. Over 13, 000 global members in the VSGD Facebook group explore potential together online and in person!

Melanie Barham, founder of The DVM Project

Melanie is from Guelph and brings the research into focus about our career stories and why we do what we do. The DVM Project‘s goal is to share, to connect, and to embrace and explore differences within careers in veterinary medicine. Loads of food for thought through interviews, stories and advice from veterinarians from all different career paths.

Navigating COVID-19 – Business Tips for the Veterinary Industry #1


If your INCOME COULD be affected AT ALL, you should register your intent to claim with the Government. I recommend doing so preventatively and as soon as possible.

Follow link to register: 

~Love Your Veterinary Career~

Dr Emma Davis BVSc, Veterinary Business and Career Coach



Navigating COVID-19 for Veterinarians in Practice in Australia – 30 March 2020

Dear Veterinarians and Amazing Support-crews,

As you well know we are in unprecedented times in social, economic and health terms. We are all swamped with (and I don’t even want to mention it as I feel saturated from every angle with it) COVID-19 news.

However, there is a lot of information being pumped out about how to implement safe practices and complying business as veterinarians in a scenario where Government has decreed only essential businesses may remain open and everyone else needs to uphold self-isolation – so I thought I would sort through some of it for you and provide some reputable links.

For those who don’t know me, I am a veterinarian and work as a veterinary career and business coach, a locum, a mum (homeschooling – WHAT?!!) and I am a small business owner myself who contracts and employs workers so I have been working to get across the different resources and supports in place for all of us. I will provide more on the supports available later – but first lets look at the puzzle presented to veterinary business this week – how to maintain veterinary practice and business in the current environment.

Please note that this isn’t formal advice – and you will need to seek and use your professional advisors such as your veterinary registration body, the Australian Veterinary Association HR Team, relevant legislation, your accountant and legal advisors to formalise the advice that is correct for your personal situation. But I hope this little collation is a useful collection of information.

Veterinarians and continuance of veterinary services

·       On 27 March 2020, the Australian Veterinary Association advised that in Australia veterinarians were deemed an essential service by the government. The only restrictions were for vets to practice social distancing and hygiene practices, also vets can apply for an exemption to cross State and Territory borders for essential work purposes. See media release at:

What does being an ‘Essential Service’ subject to social distancing and hygiene practices mean for veterinary businesses?

How this will be applied to registered veterinarians and approved veterinary premises is ultimately at the discretion of the relevant legislating bodies – each State and Territory Veterinary Surgeons Board. However, it is reliant on the veterinarian’s professional judgement to uphold the governments requirement that only essential services are provided, and it is upon us to uphold the integrity of our profession to interpret this status and ability to work with due respect for the gravity of the situation at hand. Thus, in my reading of it, we should not be looking to continue business in any way usual and status as an essential service will mean some versions of:

1.       Veterinary premises can continue to offer some services in an altered manner.

2.       Many traditional consultations where the owner and the vet are in proximity co-handling the animal cannot occur.

3.       That social distancing measures must be implemented to protect staff and clients (under WH&S legislation)

4.       That creating a team’s approach to staffing – where a vet, nurse and receptionist works together as a team is a useful way to limit unnecessary person to person contact when we then minimise this teams interaction with other teams.

5.       That a minimum 1.5m distance between each person (approximately 4m2 floorspace per person indoors) must be upheld in the workplace and in the waiting room, so the practice must adopt new processes for handling clients, animals, payments and people waiting in the practice waiting rooms.

6.       That routine surgeries and procedures should be deferred and only services essential for the current health and welfare of pets be undertaken.

There are several inventive protocols that a veterinary business can implement to uphold these requirements and stay functional. I have heard of client-free consultations where owners are called before during and after the consult but remain outside the consult room while the animal is examined, some clinics have restricted clients to one person presenting with the animal per consult and of course there is now the emerging possibility of veterinary telemedicine – as below. The AVA has provided some useful guides on this topic which can be found here:

What about telemedicine?

Alongside the interpretation of ‘veterinarians as an essential services’ the use of telemedicine will currently be being discussed by the veterinary surgeons boards in Australia, each jurisdiction will develop its own specific rules – the AVA posted their guiding policy here. At a high level the AVA recommends that:

·       Veterinarians conducting veterinarian-to-client telemedicine consultations must ensure that they are registered to practise in the state or territory in which the patient is located, or that their current registration is recognised in that jurisdiction. They must adhere to the relevant legislation in both locations, if the animal resides in a different jurisdiction.

·       A bona fide veterinarian–client–patient relationship must be established, except when acting only in a tele-triage (emergency) capacity, or in an emergency health situation where human face to face contact is not advisable.

Each Veterinary Surgeons Board will have the ultimate decision on the conditions of telemedicine in their area, as relevant and covered by their legislation and the policy they implement. It is imperative that you check and abide by the approach to telemedicine provided by the VSB you are registered with. Links to your Veterinary Surgeons Board policies on telemedicine can be found here on the Australian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) site (the AVBC oversee the Australian veterinary boards).

Notably in the UK the Royal College of Veterinary Services (the singular UK registration body) has provided temporary permission (of 3 weeks) for veterinarians in the current scenario to undertake telemedicine consults and dispensing to cover the immediate need, they will be reviewing this and providing an update in the next week.

Not all States and Territories in Australia have published their approach to telemedicine – but in NSW the guiding policy states that:

1. Technology-based patient consultations must only be performed by a person registered as a veterinarian in both the State or Territory in which the animal patient is located and, if different, in the State or Territory from which the veterinarian provides this service

2. Before agreeing to perform a technology-based patient consultation the veterinarian must be satisfied that this form of consultation is appropriate in the circumstances and does not in any way compromise the safety or welfare of the patient

3. When providing technology-based patient consultations for animals located in NSW and when providing technology-based patient consultations from within NSW for animals located outside NSW veterinarians must abide by the Regulation (sch 2) Veterinary Practitioners Code of Professional Conduct (Code)

4. Veterinarians providing technology-based patient consultations must ensure they understand the legislation, policies and guidelines of both the jurisdiction in which they are based and the jurisdiction in which the animal patient is located

5. Veterinarians based in NSW may provide technology-based patient consultations from either licensed premises (hospitals) or unlicensed premises

However PLEASE NOTE this only applies if you are registered with the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board, and you must check the conditions and limitations of your own registering body. I will endeavour to provide further information as it becomes available.

How can I protect my veterinary practice team? 

Obviously, veterinarians are skilled in managing infectious agents, however your junior staff and clientele might not be, and as the veterinarian and/or business owner it is your responsibility to provide leadership and sound approaches to minimising risk. Appropriate ways to protect your team could include:

1.       Pre-screening phone calls for all people intending to attend a veterinary practice.

o   Ask them about their health, and

o   Any known history of being put in contact with a potential COVID19 risk, or

o   If they are currently in isolation for COVID-19 – and if so advise them they should not attend the veterinary practice (nor be leaving the home they are self-isolating in), and

o   Assist them to arrange suitable care for their animals.

2.    Lead by example: Through taking personal responsibility in implementing the social distancing measures and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) seriously. From this position you can strongly encourage others to comply as well – and by not partaking in any veterinary related scenario that are clearly in breach of the guidelines vets are to be operating in, sadly even a couple of days ago I had heard of business as usual consulting occurring.

3.   Prudent usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) We need you to be protected, but we must understand that supplies of PPE are limited in Australia currently and  we should use them thoughtfully and be respectful that the call might come for equipment and PPE to be diverted to the medical staff who are working in close contact with COVID-19 infected patients. For more information please go to: 

4.       Providing practice protocols for your staff around how to run altered consultations and uphold social distancing. Then seeking feedback from your team as to how the system is working and if they can see any easy ‘tweaks’ to the system that will result in a better and/or safer outcome for all involved – and updating the protocol and the advice to staff appropriately.

5.       Providing calm leadership for your team in a time of social upheaval your team will look to the business owners and veterinarians for leadership in navigating such tricky times. As leaders we can give regular clear, calm updates on what you know and what you are doing to manage the business and its valued staff through this unknown situation. Highlighting that you value your team and are taking action for them will help in itself.

Stressed people make mistakes, so it is upon the leadership of a business to set a high standard and a calm tone with lots of steady communication to successfully steer their team safely through this time. Notably you don’t have to have all the answers in every instance – but communicating honestly and earnestly that you are working on it for them and indeed are finding out answers will help mitigate the level of stress they are feeling also.

I hope this has been of help – if you have comments or if this has raised questions for you – please send them through to me at:

~Love Your Veterinary Career ~

from Dr Emma Davis BVSc, Veterinary Career and Business Coach

A interview of Dr Kimberley Khodakhah, New York City & Vetopia Inc.

Dr Khodakhah is an accomplished small animal veterinarian based in New York City and the surrounding suburbs – where she has been based for 17 years. Kimberley has practiced in several states across the US in several leadership positions including Associate Veterinarian, Medical director and Hospital Director. She has always had a passion for collaborating with and mentoring veterinary technicians/nurses as well as veterinary associates.

As a Certified Professional Coach she combines her love for animals and her desire to support the veterinary community. Dr Khodakhah founded Vetopia Inc. with this mission in mind and provides several Mentoring and Career Transformation Programs for members of the veterinary field. A particularly strong focus of hers is providing tools and strategies to new Veterinary Graduates to not only survive but thrive their first years following graduation. The ultimate aim of her coaching is to help veterinary colleagues create a happy, successful, sustainable career. Dr Khodakhah continues to practice medicine part time as well as volunteers with the Wolf Conservation Society and the SPCA in Fiji.

We hope that you enjoy the interview!

Emma & The Veterinary Careers Team