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Wildlife Hospital's good work about to hit big screen

21 October, 2019
News and events

A television series focusing on all the great work that goes on at the Wildlife Hospital Dunedin will make its world premiere at the Regent Theatre on Sunday 10 November.

Award-winning company Natural History New Zealand’s five-part documentary series, Wildlife Rescue, follows the dedicated veterinary team, who help safeguard New Zealand’s native species through rescue, rehabilitation and research.

The Wildlife Hospital, which opened in January 2018, receives financial and other support from Otago Polytechnic. Significantly, the hospital operates out of Otago Polytechnic’s School of Veterinary Nursing.

“Not only does the hospital save precious wildlife, it also provides great learning opportunities for our students, reinforcing our leadership in veterinarian nursing education,” Phil Ker, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive, says.

The Regent Theatre event features a screening of Episode 1 along with snippets from subsequent episodes of Wildlife Rescue, which will be aired on Choice TV on 17 November.

The Regent Theatre event will also provide an opportunity to hear briefly from the Wildlife Hospital Trust, the NHNZ team and to meet some of the stars from the show, including Dr Lisa Argilla, one of New Zealand’s best-known wildlife veterinary surgeons, who runs the hospital alongside accomplished wildlife veterinary nurse Angelina Martelli.

Since the Wildlife Hospital since it opened its doors in January 2018, it has become the busiest wildlife veterinary facility in New Zealand, treating around 500 animals (more than 50 different native species) per year.

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