The new hospital

Plans to expand the Wildbase hospital to ten times its original size are underway. This will radically improve the care and subsequent survival rate of wild patients and eliminate the need to turn patients away due to lack of space and inadequate facilities.

Your donations to support the new hospital will provide the dedicated Wildbase vets with the facilities they need to care for more of New Zealand's ill and injured wildlife. As plans start taking shape we'll be sharing more with you here over the coming weeks and months so please visit again soon!

 

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Plans for new Wildbase Hospital

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The current Wildbase space

“This new hospital will give us the ability to increase both the quality of our medicine and the volume of wildlife patients we treat. As a direct result we will save greater numbers of many of our unique and endangered species.”

Dr Brett Gartrell Associate Professor – Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

Despite significant growth in patient numbers and staff over the past 12 years, our facilities have not kept pace with our requirements and now severally hamper operations. The existing Wildbase Hospital consists of a basic operating theatre and two tiny recovery/holding rooms.  These cramped areas struggle to provide space for surgery, hospitalisation, food preparation and storage for wild species with widely varying requirements.

The new hospital will include the following areas:

  • More and better equipped wards to minimise the stress of hospitalisation on animals and reduce the need to turn patients away
  • Dedicated surgery with air filtration system to greatly reduce the risk of infection and surgical complication
  • ICU controlling patient’s exposure to noise and light, and providing better patient support and monitoring for critically ill animals
  • Dedicated wards for specialised species so conditions and temperatures can be controlled to suit individual patients – e.g. a seabird room with exercise pool
  • Increased space for teaching, allowing students to view operations through the glass walls of the surgery and via cameras
  • Public viewing areas (e.g. one-way glass for viewing the seabird pool)
  • Write up space for staff to work on their notes, research and have meetings

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