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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.
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.
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