Speaker Spotlight – Patrice Palleson-Putt


We are delighted that Patrice will be joining us for the BARTA Conference. New Zealand experiences a range of emergencies, and Patrice will demonstrate the impact on communities and the need to plan and prepare for the animal component.

Patrice is the current Manager of the Massey University Veterinary Emergency Response Team based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Patrice has been a trained animal responder for ten years and has a keen interest in technical large animal rescue (TLAR) and response. She also instructs several special topic courses for undergraduate veterinary science students at Massey University.

Deployments have included a range of acute animal incidents and disaster responses. She has deployed to several declared disaster events including the Edgecumbe floods in 2017, Nelson wildfires in 2019, and the recent Cyclone Gabrielle response in 2023.


Patrice is a board member of the Animal Incident Emergency Management Network (AEIMN), a collaboration between Australia and New Zealand to promote safer practices in incidents involving domestic animals.

Aiming to help further build the capacity of animal rescue and response in New Zealand. She has a strong belief that collaboration and connection are crucial, and she was fortunate to attend the inaugural BARTA-accredited instructor course in June 2023 in the UK.

Her aim is to continue increasing educational offerings in New Zealand and further contribute to building community resilience in the face of adversity. She is passionate about improving the welfare outcomes of animals in disasters, particularly as we strive to build the capacity of animal emergency response in New Zealand and internally.

If you would like to meet Patrice and our other speakers at our BARTA Conference, why not reserve your space and book your ticket now: https://www.bartacic.org/conference/