ABSTRACT: This is a review of volunteering as a veterinary nurse at The Nest Te Kohanga, Wellington Zoo, with the focus on conservation, sustainable practices and the difficulties that come with zoo and wildlife nursing in terms of evidence- based research. Many similarities can be found between the job roles of a small animal veterinary nurse and a wildlife or zoo veterinary nurse, and these are discussed.


Catherine Dean BSc RVN

The author spent two weeks volunteering for The Nest Te Kohanga, Wellington Zoo, whilst travelling in New Zealand. Catherine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 and is now employed by Davies Veterinary Specialists, Higham Gobion. Her interests include anaesthesia, surgical and critical care nursing.

Keywords:  conservation; wildlife health; sustainability; exotic species; zoo
veterinary nurse; volunteer work

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 31 (06) • June 2016 pp190-192

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