Useful Resources

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Handling & Treatment Information

These treatment sheets have been developed by South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management Inc (SAVEM) and provide information on handling, examination, blood collection, anaesthesia, housing, diet, common issues and treatment for the following taxa: koalas, possums, echidnas, lizards and birds.


This document was developed by Veterinary Nurse Mimi Dona, and provides information on wildlife drug doses, a wildlife admission form, as well as extensive treatment information for amphibians, lizards, snakes, freshwater turtles, birds, possums, gliders, macropods, koalas, echidnas, small mammals and bats. This document is currently being updated and a more recent version will be available shortly.

Credit: Douglas Gimesy

This document details capture, restraint and handling of Australian wildlife across reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals.

Credit: Douglas Gimesy

This document from 2007 provides an overview of the assessment, treatment and monitoring of burnt wildlife.

This document from 2013 details notes on the treatment of burns in marsupials.

Credit: Douglas Gimesy
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Training Opportunities

This course has been developed by Taronga as part of the NSW Koala Strategy. The course is aimed at veterinarians and veterinary nurses and focused at improving the knowledge and skills of veterinary staff related to wildlife triage, first aid, treatment and care.

Drawing on experience from experts around the globe, Exotic Veterinary Nurse Training caters to wildlife carers, veterinary nurse/DVM students, through to qualified veterinary nurses and veterinarians. The platform hosts regular webinars on aspects of care for both native and exotic animals, with numerous wildlife-related webinars available through the webinar portal. Many of these courses offer CPD training points to veterinary nurses. The site also provides handy treatment reference cards for the first aid and anaesthesia of various taxa.

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Policies & Guidelines

This document provides the official AVA policy (based on scientific evidence and significant input from AVA members and the veterinary profession) on euthanasia of injured wildlife.

In NSW, the codes set out the minimum standards and guidelines for rescue, rehabilitation and release of native animals incapable of fending for themselves in their natural habitat.