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Wildlife Health Centre provides new insights for vet team and visitors

7 January 2019

Healesville Sanctuary visitors can see Australian wildlife like never before thanks to upgraded medical equipment that has the ability to investigate the tiniest reptile finger to the longest beaks.

The team at the Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre is adapting a new dental X-ray machine to X-ray tiny animals, such as Feathertail Gliders and Corroboree Frogs, as well as checking the teeth of larger animals like wombats.

A brand-new vital-signs monitor is accurately tracking heart rate, blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rates in animals under anesthetic.

The upgrade of more than $140,000 worth of medical equipment is the biggest in the centre’s history. The new equipment will allow the Sanctuary’s Australian Wildlife Health Centre to continue providing live-saving medical treatment and care into the future.

Visitors to Healesville Sanctuary can see this important work for themselves at the Australian Wildlife Heath Centre where floor-to-ceiling glass walls are the only thing separating visitors from the hospital action.

The Australian Wildlife Health Centre cares for the animals at Healesville Sanctuary as well as the nearly 1,500 injured, orphaned or sick wild animals admitted to the hospital each year.  These animals are often brought to the hospital by members of the public. Human impact, such as road trauma, is the most common cause of injury.

“New technology in diagnostics and monitoring means we have access to an extensive range of treatment options for the patients in our care,” said Gerry Ross, Manager of the Australian Wildlife Health Centre.
“The new technology will help us to achieve our number one priority of rehabilitating and releasing wildlife, back to the wild. This investment in new equipment gives our hardworking and passionate team the state-of-the art facilities they need to continue providing the very best of care.”

Every visit to Healesville Sanctuary contributes to the funds needed to continue this vital service to wildlife and the community. This upgrade is also thanks to generous individual donors Southern World and Meg Bentley, with support from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.