WILDLIFE CARE: Patrick Carroll (QGC), Dr Katie Collins (Chinchilla Vet Service), Kara Knudsen (Chinchilla Vet Service), Katie Taylor (QGC), Monica Mousees (Chinchilla Vet Service), Kat Norman (QGC), Wendy Cobb (Chinchilla Vet Service) and Brittany Harvey (Chinchilla Vet Service) at the Chinchilla Vet Service wildlife facility opening.
WILDLIFE CARE: Patrick Carroll (QGC), Dr Katie Collins (Chinchilla Vet Service), Kara Knudsen (Chinchilla Vet Service), Katie Taylor (QGC), Monica Mousees (Chinchilla Vet Service), Kat Norman (QGC), Wendy Cobb (Chinchilla Vet Service) and Brittany Harvey (Chinchilla Vet Service) at the Chinchilla Vet Service wildlife facility opening. Brooke Duncan

Vet service launches new centre

THERE'S a new place for injured wildlife to recover in town as Chinchilla Vet Service opens its new wildlife rescue and rehabilitation service.

The facility, supported by QGC, opened on May 1 and includes a variety of enclosures, aviaries, and a purpose-built triage centre.

Chinchilla Vet Services owner Kara Knudsen said the new centre means they can now treat most species.

"It's allowed us to increase our scope of services into wildlife, which previously we weren't offering to organisations or businesses that have a duty of care to provide some sort of wildlife triage and rehabilitation,” Ms Knudsen said.

"So we are able to do that for organisations, if they have wildlife issues give us a call and we'll see what we can do.”

The centre already has some residents, including a joey, a couple of galahs and a possum, while others have already been rehabilitated.

Ms Knudsen said along with the new facility, staff have also received extra training.

"It is great for our business and our staff to be given the opportunity to deliver this service in locally in Chinchilla, while we have invested heavily in training staff ourselves, QGC have also been very generous in providing staff training in wildlife care,” she said.

"It's been a really great thing... and I think we're looking forward to bigger and better things here.”


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