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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine

There is no separation between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Voluntary Wildlife Care

Pro-bono treatment of Australian wildlife

We collaborate with local wildlife groups to provide excellent care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.


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Going to the Wild Side

on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Where did Dr Megan go?

Dr Megan monitoring an African elephant recovering from anaesthetic

Dr Megan Kearney, owner of Vitality Vetcare, spent some time away in the autumn working with wildlife in South Africa and the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria as part of her Masters of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine. She learned how to capture and immobilise free ranging wild animals at Wildlife Vets, which is a wildlife veterinary hospital and training centre for vets in wildlife medicine. She worked with elephant, giraffe, white rhino, wildebeest, crocodiles, ostrich and other species. 


As you can imagine, wild animals that are captured and sedated or anaesthestised need careful monitoring and handling by veterinary and support staff. Each species has unique requirements. For example, elephant and giraffe are susceptible to breathing difficulties because of the size of their bodies and length of their trunk or neck. It is a major logistical exercise to anaesthetise a giraffe! Dr Megan learned how to monitor and administer medications to these amazing animals. These skills are applicable to large Australian wildlife such as kangaroo and emu and also Asian elephant, rhino and other wild animals in our bioregion.

Dr Megan K then spent a month on a placement at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Healesville Sanctuary where she learned how to care for and treat many species of Australian wildlife such as birds of prey, parrots, finches, honey eaters, small marsupials, koala, Tasmanian Devils, wombats, echidnas, lizards and snakes. It was an incredible priviledge to work with threatened and endangered Australian wildlife such as Orange Bellied parrots, Helmeted Honeyeaters, Tasmanian Devils and Koalas.She did a special project on short-beaked echidnas whilst on placement at Healesville Sanctuary.

We see up to 6 sick and injured wild animals a day at Vitality Vetcare so these experiences are invaluable when stryving to do our best for the wildlife that come into our care in Bangalow. The team at Vitality Vetcare is proud of the pro bono work that we do for our wildlife and see it as our way of giving back to our local community.

These photos show some of the animals that Dr Megan worked with.

1. Dr Megan monitoring an African elephant whilst it was recovering from being anaesthetised for transport. The female elephant had escaped when the gates were left open at a game reserve. The two other people are South African vets on the same wildlife capture and immobilisation course.

2. Juvenile female giraffe who was at at risk of being snared so she was moved for her own safety. The photos show her as she is recovering and then free in her new home.

3. Tasmanian Devils at Healesville Sanctuary

4. Inland Taipan snake having his annual health check up at Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria.

tassie deviles

Opening Hours

10am - 6pm Tue - Thur

Consultations by appointment only. A late appointment may be available on Thursday evenings

Late cancellation fees may apply


Emergencies: please call your referring general practice vet or

North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina 0424 054 056 weekends & PH

Animal Emergency Service, Carrara, Gold Coast 07 5559 1599


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