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Tour the Wildbase Hospital

The recently completed Wildbase Hospital facility has greatly improved the way in which Wildbase provides care for over 50 different species each year.

A virtual tour of the Wildbase Hospital is coming soon.


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Plans for new Wildbase Hospital


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 – School of Veterinary Science

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