Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital is no ordinary veterinary hospital. We’ve brought together the best wildlife veterinarians in the country to provide urgent care to threatened and injured Australian animals.
Regrettably the bushfires that scorch Australia galvanize the world’s attention. According to WWF Australia, over three billion native animals were killed in the catastrophic Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20. Whole populations of our most precious creatures were decimated, often because expert wildlife medical care was not available.
Prior to the bushfires, two Australian veterinarians with a passion for wildlife, Dr. Stephen Van Mil and Dr. Evan Kosack had conceived the plan for a wildlife hospital like none before…one that could go where the injured animals are…and so the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital was born!
Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital operates from a customised semi-trailer sized veterinary hospital that can be rushed to wherever the wildlife emergency is. Through a planned national rollout, we can facilitate response to treat injured and traumatised native animals, and avoid the suffering our precious wildlife endure during crises events like bushfires. We operate full-time veterinary services for wildlife year round from our base in Byron Bay, working in collaboration with wildlife care groups to provide expert care for native animals impacted by diseases, habitat loss, traffic, urbanisation and pollution.
The Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital will be constantly evolving, and we would love for you to be part of the journey! Our calendar will be chock full of innovative preservation, conservation, education and fundraising events all aimed at helping Australia’s precious wildlife.
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To launch Australia's largest mobile wildlife hospital, we're hosting a special event at Three Blue Ducks in Byron Bay Thursday November 26. This event is SOLD OUT!
Stage 1 of our project involves a wildlife veterinary practice on wheels…lots of wheels. This semi-trailer sized hospital can be rushed to wherever the wildlife emergency is. That way, our precious wildlife will never have to endure the kind of catastrophe that occurred during the recent bushfire all around Australia.
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We’ve got big goals and we need a big (and dedicated) team to accomplish them! Right now, we need administration support. If you have time to give, we would greatly appreciate assistance. Many volunteer tasks can be done from your own home!
Two volunteer types are currently available: Outreach and Remote. Animal-related positions, including Hospital Attendant volunteering and the vet student and internship programs will be separate application processes and are not available at this time.
You must be 18 years or older to volunteer with us.
Remote Volunteers: these are people who offer professional services and skills from afar and never work onsite or represent the organisation at events (e.g., someone living out of state who offers graphic design work).
Outreach Volunteers: People who volunteer at fundraising activities, networking or educational programs, and onsite administrative, creative or construction work. These are non-animal related duties, but benefit the hospital greatly as you will be helping us raise essential funds, plan events, educate the public and represent the organisation.
Outreach volunteers must supply a Working with Children Check confirmation to the volunteer coordinator. The WWCC is quick, easy and FREE and can be downloaded at this link.
One of our biggest needs at this time is for the Sunday Markets Team at the Byron Bay Markets on the first Sunday of each month. This only requires four hours monthly or every other month. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please specify “markets” in the application.
Ready to volunteer? Please apply by clicking the Apply Now button.
If you have any additional questions or other non-animal related professional skills that you think may be beneficial to the project, please contact the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be aware that we are NOT currently seeking any professional help with animal care at this time. Join our mailing list if you would like to be notified when these opportunities arise.
Thank you so much for your time and interest in joining the team!