Our state-of-the-art hospital houses specialist wildlife facilities and has a dedicated wildlife ward. Veterinary staff and students from the EAWS will be on hand to treat a wide variety of cases. Our service is unique within the UK both in terms of facilities and also in terms of the specialist veterinary expertise in this subject.
The wildlife ward has a wide range of facilities to treat a variety of wildlife casualties. These include heated incubators for baby mice, birds and hedgehogs, and facilities for larger animals such as isolation pens for deer, foxes and badgers. We have specially designed pens with pools for injured swans and ducks and a larger outdoor pool for injured seal pups. We also have facilities for washing oiled birds and mammals.
All wild animals and birds are treated free of charge, but this represents a considerable cost to us in terms of materials used, veterinary time, housing of injured animals and the specialist feeding requirements of wild animals.
Due to numerous fundraising activities by our student group, The Edinburgh Veterinary Zoological Society, we have raised enough money to start up the service but now we are reaching out to the community to ask for help in raising the money to run the clinics. Please give generously. A donation towards the cost of treatment will be gratefully received and will go directly towards the care of injured wild animals.
This article was published on May 31, 2010