Wildlife veterinary care is available at the Snowy River Vet Clinic in Orbost.

Orbost and the surrounding stunning countryside are teeming with beautiful wildlife. The amazing forests, beaches and the Snowy River are teeming with animals of all shapes and sizes.

Unfortunately, from time to time, the wildlife, like humans and our pets, get sick or injured and need veterinary care.

Specialised veterinary care is needed

Our vet and vet nurse team are trained to address the unique needs of ill or injured wildlife. We have experience treating:

  • Wombats
  • Kangaroos and wallabies
  • Possums
  • Sugar gliders
  • Bats
  • A wide range of beautiful wild birds
  • Penguins
  • Echidnas

Wildlife Veterinary Services Costs

As a community service to our wildlife and our hardworking and dedicated wildlife carers, Snowy River Vet Clinic provides a range of veterinary services pro bono for native animals:

  • Emergency assessment and care for injured or ill native wildlife
  • Arrange for native wildlife to go to specialised carers
  • Assessment of unwell wildlife in care
  • Wildlife surgery
  • Wildlife diagnostics

Medication Costs

Unfortunately whilst we are able to provide our veterinary care on a pro bono basis, we are unable to supply medications for free. Donations from generous clients help offset the cost of medications and supplies for our sick and injured wildlife that end up in the hands of our skilled wildlife carers.

Wildlife carers are highly dedicated to caring and rehabilitating injured and sick wildlife, to return them to nature. They face significant expenses for specialised food, specialised housing and, if necessary, medications. Donations greatly help these hard working carers afford their charge’s care.

Have you found a sick or injured animal?

If you find sick or injured wildlife, the action to take will vary widely depending on the situation. However, some general guidelines:

  • Safety first! Sick or injured wildlife can be very defensive when approached by a person. If you are unsure how to handle an animal safely, it is best to ring for help and guidance.
  • Minimise further stress. These animals are extremely stressed. The less handling and interaction they have with people, the better for their stress levels. Until you are able to bring the animal in, it is best to keep them in a warm, dark, quiet area, away from children, dogs and cats.
  • Contact the team at Snowy River Vet Clinic on 03 5154 2387

We will arrange for the affected wildlife to be admitted into hospital and assessed by one of our vets.
If you are out of our area, Wildlife Victoria has a volunteer run help line to assist you with wildlife emergencies: 1300 094 535