Toronto Wildlife Centre was the first wildlife centre in Canada to have a veterinarian on staff, and we are fortunate to have a wonderfully dedicated and experienced veterinary team.
Veterinary medicine for Ontario’s wildlife is a relatively new field, and as such, resources, research, and medical supplies are still fairly limited. On the forefront of wildlife medicine in Ontario, TWC’s veterinary team are constantly being challenged to come up with creative and innovative ways of addressing an immense variety of medical issues for hundreds of species of wildlife. TWC’s vets rely on their own extensive experience in wildlife medicine, adapt supplies intended for domestic animals, consult with wildlife veterinarians across North America and much more to provide sick, injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to TWC with the best possible care.
TWC’s vets work out of the most advanced hospital in a wildlife centre in Canada. Although resources are often scarce, a number of state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, equipment and supplies have been kindly donated. Volunteer veterinary specialists also donate their services to the Centre. These highly-skilled volunteers include specialists in dentistry, ophthalmology, neurology and orthopedics.
Providing veterinary care to a wide diversity of wild species is extremely complex and requires different training, experience and permits than the veterinary care carried out at vet clinics specializing in the care of pets or farm animals. TWC’s veterinary team are working very hard to provide educational opportunities like internships in order to share their unique understanding of wildlife medicine with those interested in working with wildlife.