Wildlife Health and Conservation Clinic (WHCC)
Traditionally there has been limited training and resources provided to veterinary students in the area of wildlife medicine and surgery. With a grant from the federal government, the Wildlife Health and Conservation Clinic (WHCC) was established in 2007.
The Clinic is the only purpose-built university-run wildlife hospital in Australia and it includes a state-of-the-art laboratory for the study of exotic animal and wildlife health.
The WHCC hospital is equipped with advanced imaging technology and diagnostic capabilities. It is designed to house a broad spectrum of Australian species while minimizing their stress and preventing the transmission of disease.
A primary role of the WHCC is to provide modern medical and surgical care for sick and injured wildlife.
- Provide medical and surgical care to wildlife,
- Educated veterinary students, bioscience students, veterinarians, wildlife carers, government agencies and the public about wildlife.
- Advance our understanding of wildlife and the processes that threaten wildlife through research.
The WHCC treats sick and injured wildlife that is surrended by the general public as well as working closely with registered wildlife groups such as WIRES and Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Rescue Service.
Once the initial intensive medical treatment and recuperation is performed by the WHCC, the animals can be directly released back to their original home ranges.
If they require longer term rehabilitation they can be cared for by trained WIRES and Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Rescue Service volunteers until they are ready for release.