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Healesville Sanctuary

Future Vets

We know our wildlife hospital changes the course of animals’ lives, but our hospital is also changing the course of kids’ lives...

In the heart of the Australian Wildlife Health Centre our Future Vets play space is inspiring kindness in kids through caring for animals in our mini wildlife hospital.

Set in the not too distant future and equipped with a ‘high tech’ scanner capable of diagnosing patient injuries and super bandages that can speed the recovery of a wombat’s fractured leg, this play space provides a back drop for imagination and role-play.

Children and parents can dress up in vets’ scrubs to investigate a fish hook stuck inside a young turtle, perform heart surgery on a Tasmanian Devil or comfort and feed a baby wombat while checking its temperature.

Budding young future vets can also assist Dr Hart to examine Boo the Boobook Owl, care for Slinky the endangered Guthega Skink or bandage Fergie the Flying Fox’s wing and feed him fruit.