WAIF operates a part-time veterinary clinic in St Ives every Sunday morning, the first appointment is 9-15am. The WAIF Wildlife Veterinary Clinic and WAIF veterinarians, funded primarily by WAIF, are dedicated to treating injured, sick or abandoned wildlife. Records from the veterinary practice form part of the health database which is accessible through the Health or Education Divisions.
The clinic has three main purposes:
• To provide excellent veterinary services for native wildlife,
• Provide an educational resource for carers, veterinarians and other wildlife health professionals
• To investigate the full range of diseases affecting wild animals and the most appropriate and effective treatments
Education is provided in three ways:
• Direct to clients during consultations,
• Advice to veterinarians, and,
• Developing and maintaining a database of cases, investigative results and appropriate and effective treatments.
Appointments are required to minimise waiting. The consultation fee for 1 appointment which can include up to 3 native animals is $5 or the cost of drugs provided, whichever is greater. Animals making return visits for the same condition are free or the costs of drugs provided.
However, WAIF would be pleased to accept donations which are tax deductible if over $2.00.
Non-native animals that cannot be treated effectively at other private veterinary clinics may be treated at the WAIF Wildlife Veterinary Clinic on a full fee paying basis (e.g., pet reptiles, fish and amphibians). A full fee is charged for the treatment of wildlife pets. The clinic does not treat domestic pets or feral animals. For treatment options of non-native animals please refer to the contact list.
Although the clinic operates only one morning each week ongoing veterinary advice for cases already examined by WAIF veterinarians can be provided via the telephone or email. General advice regarding the health and welfare of native wild animals not already examined by WAIF veterinarians can also be provided by these means. WAIF has developed fact sheets for several common wild species which can be downloaded from this website.