Female Vet nurse holding a young wombat on an examination table while four students look on.

Australian Wildlife Health Centre

The Australian Wildlife Health Centre treats more than 1,500 sick and injured native animals each year.

It’s an important training centre for wildlife veterinarians, and the home of vital conservation programs and research.

You can visit the centre and see our vets and nurses in action, or join the thousands of volunteers who support our work. Donations of all sizes also make a big difference.

Caring for our Wildlife Hospital

The Australian Wildlife Health Centre will be closed January 30 – Reopening July 1 2023

Our hospital visitor gallery needs some tender loving care!

We are creating a whole new visitor experience, maximising the way we share our stories of wildlife patient care with you through exciting new interactive technology and face-to face experiences. 

Koala sitting in a tub being weighed with keeper kneeling next to it.

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, Land, Water and Planning's Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants.

Volunteering at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre

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. 

Found a sick, injured or distressed animal?

Time is often one of the most important factors when caring for a sick, injured, orphaned or distressed animal.

The Australian Wildlife Health Centre can assist injured, sick and orphaned wildlife.

Phone: (03) 5957 2829
Animal drop-off: 9am to 4pm

There are also a number of other organisations you can contact no matter what time of the day or where you are located that can provide emergency help for wildlife.