Useful Links

Useful Links

This section of the site presents useful contacts and links with organisations that may be able to assist with information or help with problem solving in wildlife management. The ARWH also maintains a database of individuals with expertise in most areas of wildlife health work in Australia. Access to this list is available to members only, however if you need help tracking down sources of information or organisations that can help you, contact us at

Agriculture Victoria

In May 2017, Agriculture Victoria released its ten year Agriculture Victoria Strategy. This is a reform framework, articulating Agriculture Victoria’s priorities to enhance Victorian agriculture’s global competitiveness, innovation and resilience.

Amphibian Medicine Video Tutorials

On-line amphibian medicine tutorials recently uploaded to YouTube. Each short 10-15 min video is designed to provide basic background information in various topics of amphibian medicine. The tutorials are available in 3 languages- English, Spanish, and French. The material is generally designed for use by veterinarians, but the information will be helpful to anyone involved in ex situ amphibian conservation programs. The tutorials are designed as an introduction, rather than a complete summary of all topics regarding amphibian medicine, and additional resources are listed in each tutorial. Tutorials can be viewed as a stand-alone course, but will also be helpful for reviewing concepts taught at various amphibian husbandry and medicine workshops given around the world by organizations such as the AZA and the Amphibian Ark.

Link to the Amphibian Tutorial YouTube Channel

Animal Health Australia

Animal Health Australia is an innovative partnership involving the Australian Government, state and territory governments, major livestock industries and other stakeholders. We work with our members and stakeholders to strengthen Australia’s national animal health system and maximise confidence in the safety and quality of Australia’s livestock products in domestic and overseas markets.

Australia and New Zealand Council on the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching

The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching Ltd (ANZCCART) was established in 1987 in response to particular concerns in both the wider and scientific communities about the use of animals in research and teaching. It also recognised the need to address, in a balanced and considered way, the distinctive scientific, ethical, and social issues associated with the use of animals for scientific purposes.

Australian Capital Territory Government

The Australian Capital Territory Government Information Portal offers integrated access to information about Canberra and the region, from ACT Government agencies, regional local government and the non-government sector.

Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (formerly Australian Animal Health Laboratory)

CSIRO’s ACDP (formerly AAHL) helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

Australian Fauna Care

This site provides a comprehensive list of wildlife care groups around Australia.

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment work to protect and strengthen Australia’s agriculture, water resources, the environment and our heritage.

Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology (ASVP)

The Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology (ASVP) was established in the early 1970s (incorporated as the ASVP in 1984) as a professional body to promote the practice of veterinary pathology in improving animal and human health. The Society comprises more than 200 pathologists, principally in Australasia, but we have overseas members in North America, UK, New Zealand, Greece and Canada.

Australian Veterinary Association

The Australian Veterinary Association is the professional organisation that represents veterinarians across Australia.

Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology Group

The Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology Group concerns itself with wildlife medicine and conservation, and in Australia, we have some of the most unique and endangered native animals in the world. The Australian Veterinary Conservation Biology Group applies a multi-disciplinary approach to conservation and involves working with a variety of stakeholders to promote sound science and evidence-based wildlife management.

Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative is a collection of highly qualified people within a cross-Canada network of partners and collaborators dedicated to wildlife health. Our Cooperative includes internationally renowned wildlife disease diagnosticians and researchers, experts in population health, skilled educators and experienced policy advisors. The CWHC is dedicated to generating knowledge needed to assess and manage wildlife health and working with others to ensure that knowledge gets put to use in a timely fashion.

Conservation Planning Specialist Group

CPSG’s mission is to save threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts worldwide. For over 30 years, we’ve accomplished this by using scientifically sound, collaborative processes that bring together people with diverse perspectives and knowledge to catalyze positive conservation change. We provide species conservation planning expertise to governments, Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations.

Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate aims to lead the nation in achieving sustainable outcomes; to be a ‘liveable and sustainable city’. The Directorate is responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of policies and programs across city planning and development, climate change and the environment. There are two divisions within the Directorate dedicated to the delivery of positive environment outcomes for the Territory. These are: the Environment Division, and the Climate Change and Sustainability Division.

IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX’s primary business focuses on pet health, a growing market around the world. In this market, IDEXX develops, produces and sells an integrated portfolio of products and services to companion animal veterinarians. Offerings include in-clinic diagnostic tests and instrumentation, laboratory services, pharmaceuticals, and practice management software.

Joint Pathology Centre (JPC)

The JPC provides world class diagnostic subspecialty pathology consultation, education and research services to federal agencies and operates the National Pathology Tissue Repository in support of the mission of the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

Learn Bird Care

Do you want help sick, abandoned or injured wild birds, but are not sure how to help, what you are capable of, or what is involved? Our courses are designed to give you the core information and resources you need to be able to help care for birds. Our free Introductory Course is specifically for people who know only a little about wild bird rescue and care but are interested to know more:  Why do people rehabilitate wildlife? Is it worthwhile? What equipment and resources do you need? Will the birds make it back to full health? After participating in this course, you may decide that wild bird rescue is not for you, or you might be so inspired that you can’t wait to know more!  Our paid courses are a big step up and are designed to give you all the tools and information you need to help any bird in need, including sick pet or aviary birds as the principles and techniques are the same!

National Health and Medical Research Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia’s peak body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care and in the conduct of health and medical research.

National Wildlife Health Centre (NWHC)

The National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) is a science center of the Biological Resources Discipline of the United States Geological Survey. The NWHC was established in 1975 as a biomedical laboratory dedicated to assessing the impact of disease on wildlife and to identifying the role of various pathogens in contributing to wildlife losses.

New Zealand Department of Conservation

The New Zealand Department of Conservation has developed an online wildlife health training course delivered through a number of fantastic instructional videos. The training course can be accessed for free at the below address.

New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre – Wildbase

Attached to Massey University’s veterinary school, Wildbase Hospital is New Zealand’s only dedicated wildlife hospital. We are at the forefront of veterinary care of New Zealand’s native birds, half of which are classified as threatened or endangered.

Northern Territory Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade was established in September 2020 as the Northern Territory Public Sector’s coordinating agency for economic and industry development. The department comprises the former functions of the departments of Trade, Business and Innovation, Primary Industry and Resources as well as Tourism NT, Licensing and Screen Territory to bolster agility, flexibility and quicker decision making across government.

Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) is an independent corporation established under the Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority Act.The NT EPA consists of a Chairperson and 4 members appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory and the Chair of the NT Planning Commission. Appointed members to the NT EPA are required to collectively provide knowledge and experience in a broad range of environmental, business and social disciplines.

Northern Territory Government Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

The department includes the key functions that foster and protect the environment and natural resources in the Northern Territory.

NSW Department of Primary Industries

NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA)

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is the primary environmental regulator for New South Wales. We partner with business, government and the community to reduce pollution and waste, protect human health, and prevent degradation of the environment. You are encouraged to report environmental incidents and concerns, including air, noise, water or waste issues to the NSW EPA’s 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555 or via their website.

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Office International des Epizooties (OIE)

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th 1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its historical acronym OIE. The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

OIE – World Animal Health Information System

OIE-WAHIS (OIE World Animal Health Information System) is a unique comprehensive database through which information on the animal health situation worldwide is reported and disseminated throughout the world. OIE-WAHIS data reflects the information gathered by the Veterinary Services from OIE Members and non-Members Countries and Territories on OIE-listed diseases in domestic animals and wildlife, as well as on emerging diseases and zoonoses.

Parks Victoria

Through effective environmental and visitor management, Parks Victoria is dedicated to preserving the natural and heritage values of the parks, bays, and waterways, including full protection of sensitive areas. Preservation is our highest commitment.

Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

An efficient, innovative, resilient and profitable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector that thrives for the long-term.

Queensland Department of Environment and Science

Our department recognises the enormous value a clean environment, innovative society and economy, and vibrant culture contributes to our lives. As a diverse organisation, the department brings together key areas of work to achieve our objectives for a better Queensland.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

RSPCA Australia is home to a strong science and campaigns team, with a particular focus on farm animal issues. RSPCA Australia is responsible for facilitating national campaigns and events and representing the interests of animal welfare with Government and industry across all areas.

Society for Wildlife Forensic Science

The Society for Wildlife Forensic Science was formed in November 2009 with the mission of developing wildlife forensic science into a comprehensive, integrated and mature discipline. Membership is international and open to those who will impact the wildlife forensics community. Members and the community will discover that the field of wildlife forensic science is ever expanding, and novel research is being conducted around the globe to find new procedures for identifying species, individuals and populations. The goal of protecting and conserving wildlife is shared by many and is an extraordinarily worthwhile pursuit.

South Australia Department for Environment and Water

The Department for Environment and Water aims to help South Australians conserve, sustain and prosper.

South Australia Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is South Australia’s leading environmental regulator, responsible for the protection of air and water quality, and the control of pollution, waste, noise and radiation. We influence and regulate human activities to protect and restore the environment.

South Australia Primary Industries and Regions

Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA) is a dynamic Government of South Australia agency committed to the economic development of the State and the sustainable use of the State’s food, fibre and minerals industries.

Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Our role in conservation is to create direct and positive connections between wildlife and people. We protect endangered species, increase understanding of wildlife and inspire community.

Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) is responsible for the sustainable management and protection of Tasmania’s natural and cultural assets for the benefit of Tasmanian communities and the economy. The Department’s activities guide and support the use and management of Tasmania’s land and water resources and protect and promote its natural, built and cultural assets. The Department is also responsible for delivering the services that support primary industry development and for the protection of the State’s relative disease and pest-free status.

Victoria Environment Protection Authority

EPA Victoria’s purpose is to protect, care for and improve our environment.

Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia’s role is to grow and protect Western Australia’s agriculture and food sector. We work professionally and with integrity to help deliver meaningful results to industry, government and the community.

Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

The new department focuses on environmental regulation, approvals and appeals processes, and pollution prevention.

Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

The new department focuses on nature conservation and the community’s enjoyment and appreciation of Western Australia’s world-class network of national and marine parks.

Wildlife Disease Association Australasia

The Australasian Section, established in 1973, was the first geographic WDA section. The mission of the WDA-A is to to acquire, disseminate and apply knowledge of the diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, ecology, and conservation.

Wildlife Health Australia

Wildlife Health Australia (WHA: previously the Australian Wildlife Health Network – AWHN) is the peak body for wildlife health in Australia. Established in 2002 as a national government initiative, their work continues following incorporation as WHA in 2013.

WHA works with a network of government and private stakeholders across Australia to develop strong partnerships in order to better manage the adverse effects of wildlife diseases on Australia’s animal health industries, human health, biodiversity, trade and tourism. WHA participates in research, investigation, monitoring, surveillance and recording of wildlife disease events.  WHA helps protect Australia’s trade, human health, biodiversity and tourism.

Wildlife Information and Rescue Service (WIRES)

Currently there are more than 2,000 WIRES volunteers authorised to rescue, rehabilitate and release. Each year WIRES is granted a general licence from NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service. An authority is then issued to each volunteer member. WIRES offers an educational service to the community through talks to schools, community groups, and wildlife forums.

Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) Australasia

As a peak body, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) represents the collective voice of the zoos, aquariums, sanctuaries and wildlife parks across Australasia that operate to the highest standards.