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Military service animal expert


Nigel Allsopp is a well-known author and expert on war and service animals and captive zoo animal management.

He is the founder of Australia's largest war animal charity which ensures the deeds and sacrifices of four legged diggers is not forgotten via establishment of memorials in Australia and internationally.

Nigel is a passionate and much sought after speaker as he's able to engage listeners with stories and factual experiences from his years of both practical and researched experiences in this field.

His expertise is called upon by the Defence Department and government agencies such as Veterans Affairs, RSL Headquarters and Commonwealth centenary committee.

Many of his the stories relayed are emotional and humorous and provoke much debate and questions, making him an ideal speaker and presenter at a wide variety of events.

Previous experience

Author: A published author of 9 books, including an international best seller- Cry Havoc- the history of war dogs- published in three languages.

Awards:Nigel was awarded Australia's RSL - ANZAC of the Year Award 2017 which recognises the efforts and achievements of Australian's who have given service to their fellow Australian's and to the community in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner. Nigel is a frequent presenter at RSL, Lions and Rotary Clubs and MC.

Talking Points

Using animals in war- both historically and present

An overview of how man has used animals in his wars and how no war up to the 20th century could have been contemplated without them. Talk covers Ancient times WWI and WWII, Vietnam and Afghanistan. People will live with an understanding of the sacrifice animal have made to this Nation and how important is to honour their deeds. If you’re interested in working with animals for a living this is a must see presentation.

The use and role of police dogs

This presentation lifts the lid on the world of police dogs, examining the vital roles they play both in Australia and around the world. With over 20 years as a Police dog handler Nigel has published books and written a TV series on police dogs. A look at what makes a police dog and handler and how they are used in modern day policing role. Thinking of being a dog handler or just having difficulty training your dog to do something- this talk will answer many of those questions.

The use and role of police horses in the world

With many years experience in Mounted operations, Nigel a member of the Californian Mounted Police Association and qualified Basic and Advance mounted Police courses in the USA. He explains why horses in law enforcement are on the rise in the 21st century and why animals will play a vital role in world terrorism.

Animal behavioural enrichment in captivity

An insightful view of how and why it is important to train captive animals, to enhance their welfare and metal health. See how the sometimes difficult struggle between conservation of a species and the need to hold them in captivity works. Are zoos still needed, if so why, these and many more questions will be answered. If you ever wanted to be a zoo keeper or work in wildlife this is the seminar to hear. Nigel has worked for several international zoos and wildlife parks and an initiator of behavioural enrichment programs throughout the world.

Use of animals in future warfare

Sometimes controversial- a look at why with all modern technology available to defence, why are animals still needed in modern warfare. How we can best ensure their safety. What happens to veteran war dogs and how can the public help these four legged veterans.
Event Management International owns and organises the Dog Lovers Show which is now one of the largest events in the world dedicated to entertaining, informing and educating Dog owners and lovers. Over 50,000 visitors attended the 2015 events and last year was voted Best Consumer Show and Best Australian Show at the Exhibition & Event Association Awards for Excellence. As Australia’s leading authority on military working dogs, we approached Nigel Allsopp to help us curate a Military Working Dog Tribute. It was presented as a major feature within the event to acknowledge the 100 year anniversary of World War 1 and was incredibly popular gaining enormous media coverage. Nigel’s input and experience was invaluable in assisting us to put together all elements of the tribute and he presented seminars twice a day at the event in Melbourne and Sydney this year titled: Australian War Dogs - a history of our Four Legged Diggers. The seminars were all standing room only with our visitors genuinely captivated by his insights, information and stories of our country’s most decorated war dogs. Nigel has a very natural presenting style and is an excellent communicator with an infectious, down to earth approach. Combined with his depth of knowledge in this field and hands-on experience, we could not have found a more qualified and dynamic presenter for our Military Working Dog presentations. Nigel is also an absolute joy to work with and will certainly be invited back as one of our keynote speakers at the 2016 events. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending one of our favourite Dog Lovers Show ambassadors. Event Management International

On behalf of my colleagues and the staff at our Headquarters in Sandhurst, I would like to say a huge thank you for a wonderful and most stimulating lecture that you gave on 'Animals in War' yesterday. Everyone who attended, some of those being academics in Military History' from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, have told me that they found your presentation exhilarating. They even liked the humour and light hearted side that you brought to such a vast and complex subject.

Sandhurst Military Academy
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