The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital will operate a world class veterinary facility dedicated to the critical care, rehabilitation and conservation of wildlife. Our veterinary team will be led by a highly skilled wildlife veterinarian, who will be capable not only of the highest quality clinical treatment, but also of student training, research and program implementation.
Our unique Australian wildlife requires specialised veterinary care. Local veterinarians may not have the skills, resources or time to provide excellent care for rescued wildlife. Local wildlife carers struggle to access specialised veterinary care for rescued wildlife when they need it. NRWH intends to fill this skill gap in collaboration with our strategic partners.
COVID-19 has highlighted the need for community preparedness for new and emerging infectious diseases. Approximately 70% of new and emerging infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic. These diseases have spilled over from wild animal populations and into domestic animal and human populations. Scientific evidence shows that the current trends of habitat destruction and climate change are leading to new infectious diseases emerging as humans and domestic animals come in closer contact with wild animal populations. In addition to providing veterinary care, NRWH will play a significant role in community preparedness and resilience by becoming a local disease surveillance site as part of the national Sentinel Clinic Wildlife Disease Surveillance program.