The model for surveillance established for zoo based wildlife hospitals has now been applied to ‘sentinel clinics’ – veterinary hospitals with a high wildlife caseload, or with the opportunity of expanding the geographic or species coverage of the general wildlife health surveillance system.
Four clinics have joined the program: Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital (Adelaide), Lort Smith Animal Hospital (Melbourne), the RSPCA QLD Wildlife Hospital (Brisbane) and Boongarry Veterinary Services (Cairns), and there has been interest from other clinics.
The sentinel clinics report on wildlife disease events that meet the criteria of interest into the national electronic Wildlife Health Information System (eWHIS), and participate in teleconferences alongside participants of the Zoo Based Wildlife Disease Surveillance Program.
This model is also being considered for other types of organisations such as universities. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Far North Queensland vet clinic joins national program for wildlife health - 2 Jun 2016
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