Australian Wildlife Health Centre
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Healesville Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre is getting a new roof! The Health Centre will be closed to visitors from Friday 27 February until early May 2015.
Our hospital team is still receiving and treating injured wildlife while the roof works are in progress.
The Australian Wildlife Health Centre treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year. It’s also an important training centre for wildlife veterinarians.
As such, it’s a vital service to the Healesville – and the Victorian – community.
The hospital team also conducts cutting-edge research into conservation medicine, clinical wildlife medicine and wildlife rehabilitation, and plays an important role in wildlife disease surveillance.
The Australian Wildlife Centre receives funding by the Victorian Government through the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
Visit the wildlife hospital
Come and meet our amazing hospital team when the hospital reopens to visitors early in May.
You can visit the Australian Wildlife Health Centre and meet our vets and nurses, as they treat sick, injured or orphaned wildlife in need of care.
You’ll hear the stories of our patients as they go on their journey from rescue, treatment and recovery, to release to the wild.
In the daily action of the emergency room, you can observe surgery and meet recovering patients. Try your hand at amazing interactive activities such as radio-tracking or heart-rate monitoring.
Our multimedia touch screens provide in-depth information about anatomy, nutrition, care, rehabilitation and conservation.
Most of all, you’ll be inspired by the work our expert team do every day, at the forefront of wildlife care and welfare.
Later this year the Australian Wildlife Health Centre will become a focus of Wildlife Heroes with our new, kids-only vet hospital, within the hospital, that will entice kids to dress up and become a little hospital rescue team, saving plush toy patients.
We provide vital veterinary support for Healesville Sanctuary’s threatened species conservation programs and conduct cutting-edge wildlife conservation research. We are also an important centre for wildlife disease surveillance.
Guidelines for wildlife rehabilitation
The Centre has joined with the Department of Sustainability’s Wildlife Management Unit to develop a ‘how to’ guide for wildlife rehabilitation in Victoria.
Guidelines will include information on how to rescue, handle, treat, euthanase, house and release injured or sick wildlife. The guide will be distributed to wildlife shelters, veterinarians and wildlife managers, to improve the welfare of injured wildlife in care across the state.
There's a whole family of people dedicated to wildlife care in Victoria. Thousands of wildlife carers volunteer their time to rescue and care for injured and orphaned wildlife. The rescue and rehabilitation process could not happen without this dedicated group of people.
Badger Creek Road
Healesville Victoria 3777
General animal enquiries
Tel: (03) 5957 2800
Fax: (03) 5957 2870
Injured wildlife enquiries
From 10:00am to 12:00noon and 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Tel: (03) 5957 2829
Fax: (03) 5957 2860
After hours emergency
Help for Wildlife
Tel: 0417 380 687
Wildlife Rescue and Information Network
Tel: 0419 356 433
Tel: 13000 94535
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Australian Wildlife Health Centre
Do you need emergency help in caring for a native animal? Have you found a snake, or lost a pet? We can help with all these issues and more – or at least, we can point you in the direction of someone who can.Help for wildlife and lost pets