Wildbase Pathology , Tahumaero ki Te Whakahaumanu

Wildbase Pathology provides diagnostic services to protect the health and welfare of captive and free-living New Zealand wildlife.

We do this through post-mortem examination of threatened native species and investigating mass wildlife deaths at Massey.

By identifying causes of death, and offering species-management advice, we contribute to and support New Zealand conservation and biosecurity.

Our contributions to species management programmes include:

  • diagnoses of aspergillosis in hihi (stitchbirds)
  • tuberculosis and salmonellosis in New Zealand seals
  • chytridiomycosis in exotic and native frogs.

Our services

Wildbase Pathology provides:

  • a diagnostic service to the Department of Conservation and other native wildlife conservation and management institutions
  • post-mortem examinations of Hector’s and Māui dolphins, and sea lions caught by commercial and recreational fisheries
  • strategies for clinical care, welfare and post mortem examination of stranded marine mammals, and identification of diseases that may have contributed to their deaths
  • a large and well-appointed necropsy suite.

Contact Wildbase

Dr Stuart Hunter

Dr Stuart Hunter

Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology, B.V.Sc, Diplomat ACVP
Senior Lecturer in Wildlife Pathology
Wildbase, Tāwharau Ora School of Veterinary Science
College of Sciences
Manawatū campus, Palmerston North