WHA has coordinated a Sentinel Clinic Wildlife Disease Surveillance Program since 2014, following the success of the Zoo Based Wildlife Disease Surveillance Program.
The program captures information from wildlife disease surveillance conducted by ‘sentinel clinics’ – veterinary hospitals with a high wildlife caseload, or that expand the geographic or species coverage of the general wildlife health surveillance system.
Eight clinics are currently participating in the program: Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital, Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, the RSPCA QLD Wildlife Hospital in Brisbane, Boongarry Veterinary Services in Cairns, Kingston Animal Hospital and Mayfair Veterinary Clinic in Tasmania, Broome Veterinary Hospital, and Kimberley Vet Centre in Kununurra.
The sentinel clinics report on wildlife disease events that meet the criteria of interest into the national electronic Wildlife Health Information System (eWHIS), and participate in teleconferences alongside participants of the Zoo Based Wildlife Disease Surveillance Program.
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