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Are you looking for an opportunity to experience Australian Wildlife firsthand?

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital offers the opportunity to spend a week or more with our large Veterinary team in our purpose-built Wildlife Hospital.

About Currumbin Wildlife Hospital

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital has been treating and releasing native wildlife for the past 33 years, and has grown into one of the largest wildlife hospital worldwide, currently admitting almost 15,000 patients annually. The hospital also treats the approximately 1000 captive animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary including a growing number of exotic species.

The wildlife hospital in total has 10 veterinarians and 24 nurses working across the releasable wildlife, the captive Sanctuary animals and the research projects. We have a purpose built hospital and adjacent rehabilitation facilities including large waterbird pond, raptor flights, koala enclosures and turtle ponds.

The hospital is well equipped with diagnostic toys such as direct radiology, ultrasonography, both rigid and flexible endoscopy, an in house lab for smear/cytology examination, in house biochemistry, LAMP/PCR etc. We have 6 anaesthetic triage tables, a dedicated surgical theatre and separate imaging room.

The hospital admits a wide range of Australian species including approximately 450 koalas annually. We have capacity for around 100 patients in total and the staff are supported by 140-150 volunteers each week. Three ambulances operate out of the hospital - rescuing, transporting and releasing patients.

The hospital has dedicated research staff working on a number of critical projects but focusing on a major koala chlamydial vaccine project vaccinating and tracking wild koalas against chlamydial disease.

The Wildlife Hospital is only partly funded by the government, the remining funding comes through various fundraising and commercial activities.


International Students

Join us at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and have the opportunity to shadow our amazing team of vets and nurses. You'll get the chance to observe, learn and ask questions on all cases that we are treating. As we are one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world, there will be no shortage of cases to be involved with. You can visit us on an individual or group basis. Timing can be flexible throughout the year.

Pricing is AUD $1500 (Approx. US $1000) per person per week, with all funds going back into the Hospital to assist us with our operating costs and helping us with our mission to Treat, Rehabilitate and Release our Native Wildlife.

Flights, accommodation, transport and F&B expenses are not covered in this cost and will be your responsibility to arrange. This is an observation-based program, so additional visas outside the travel visa is not required. To express your interest, please click the button below to fill out the form.

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