As part of our constant concern for animal
health and well being, Terra Natura employs a team of veterinarians who
specialise in treating wild animals and are on call at the park 365 days a
year. Their work is essentially based
on preventative medicine, specific treatments and controlling the animals’
nutrition and breeding. In doing so, they are provided with the optimum
resources and most advanced technology to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases.
Veterinary Department is divided into three sections: the administrative
section, a quarantine building and a fully equipped veterinary clinic.
The veterinary clinic has a large surgery
equipped with the most modern medical equipment, a pre-surgery room, an X-ray
zone, a laboratory, a pharmacy, a hospital ward and another ward for neonatal
care. The laboratory carries out blood, parasitology and microbiology analyses
and histopathology studies, which are all done routinely on all the animals at
Terra Natura to monitor their health. The clinic also has an exclusive zone for
doing autopsies, which allows us to conduct an in-depth study of diseases, plus
a sample repository for storing samples for future studies.
The quarantine building, opposite the
clinic, has a wide variety of facilities for holding different species of
animals in quarantine, from small birds to large mammals. On arrival at the
park, all the animals are kept in quarantine for 30 days and during this period
they are checked and tested to make sure they are free from parasites or
infectious diseases which might be transmitted to other animals.
The work of the veterinary team continues
in the park, where they visit the animals in their enclosures to examine them
or treat them if necessary. Many simple treatments and procedures are carried
out in the animal’s own enclosure as it feels more relaxed in its familiar
environment. For more complex procedures, such as surgery, X-rays, etc., the
animals are transferred to the veterinary clinic. However, sometimes it’s easier
to take all the equipment and material necessary for a procedure to the animal
rather than vice versa, this being the case of the Indian rhinos and the