Each year more and more koalas are admitted for care across the country. Most suffer from chlamydial disease, motor vehicle strike, dog attack, or starvation and displacement. Koala care is expensive and time consuming and most are cared for by voluntary koala carers and local vets who donate their services. In addition to supporting those vets with free-of-charge diagnostic support and advice, the Koala Health Hub directly supports koala care at the University of Sydney Wildlife Health and Conservation Clinic at Camden.
On admission koalas receive anaesthesia, full physical examination and chlamydia testing, radiographs and ultrasound of the bladder and reproductive tract, and hospitalisation, treatment, surgery and supportive care as required. This not only achieves important welfare outcomes for koalas, but also contributes to training the next generation of vets in the complexities of caring for our wildlife.