About the Wildlife Hospital
Christchurch, New Zealand
The Wildlife Veterinary Trust is a charitable trust founded in 2008.
The Trust saw the need for and established a hospital facility in Christchurch dedicated to treating and rehabilitating sick and injured, wild and native birds in the South Island of New Zealand.
Prior to this there was no such facility in the South Island. Many endangered birds needing medical care, such as takahē and kiwi, were flown to the North Island for treatment. The time and travel involved in sending these birds north means that they are exposed to additional stress and delays in treatment, which can impact significantly on their survival. Having a South Island facility allows prompt, professional and specialised treatment of these valuable species.
Since opening its doors to patients in December 2014, the South Island Wildlife Hospital has successfully treated, rehabilitated and released many wild and native birds. You can follow their stories on Facebook.
The hospital has a team of trained volunteers led by an experienced veterinarian and vet nurse all passionate about our wildlife. These volunteers take on all aspects of the hospitals day-to-day operations including manning the phone, assisting in wildlife rescues, covering rostered shifts at the hospital, maintaining the hospital gardens & facilities, helping with fundraising, public speaking and everything else involved with keeping the hospital running.
As well as treating and rehabilitating patients, the hospital and its volunteers are involved in ongoing wildlife education, training and research.
If you would like further information, please contact us.
Michael Willis - Trustee
Dave Matheson - Trustee, Veterinarian
Pauline Howard - Trustee, Veterinarian and building/maintenance Coordinator
Donna Clarkson - Trustee, Volunteer Coordinator
Debbie Kerr - Training Coordinator