4.84 The wildlife control operator must also make provision for the veterinary assessment and treatment of any animal captured or trapped that is showing evidence of any significant injury or illness, irrespective of the cause of the injury or illness.

For example: a captured raccoon that is showing obvious signs of distemper, such as weeping eyes, should be referred to an approved wildlife rehabilitation facility for veterinary assessment and treatment or euthanasia rather than being released back into the wild in that condition.

4.85 Any native animal requiring in-patient veterinary care must be referred to a recognized wildlife veterinary hospital or facility, a private veterinary practice or licensed wildlife rehabilitator that has appropriate wildlife experience and facilities for the housing and treatment of native animals.

4.86 A wildlife control operator has not fulfilled their duty of care obligation to a sick or injured animal simply by delivering it to a veterinarian, unless that veterinarian or veterinary practice fulfils the requirements of section 4.102 above, and agrees to provide an appropriate level of care to the animal.

4.87 Similarly, the wildlife control operator has not sufficiently discharged their duty of care in respect of a sick or injured animal by simply delivering it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Requirement for presence of veterinarian on site

4.88 In rare circumstances, a wildlife control operator may consider that, despite reasonable measures being taken, a development process, activity or structure is likely to result in significant harm, injury or death to an animal.

4.89 In such circumstances the wildlife control operator must arrange for a licensed veterinarian to be present on site, for the period of time during which the risk is present. If possible, the veterinarian should be experienced in the management and care of wildlife.

4.90 If any restricted or controlled drug is proposed to be used by a wildlife control operator, then this use must be on the direction of, and under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian as allowed by law.

Requirement for monitoring of sedated or anesthetized animals

4.91 Both the wildlife control operator and on-site veterinarian have a ‘duty of care’ towards any animal affected by sedative or anesthetic drugs, and must ensure that an appropriate level and duration of monitoring is applied to prevent injury, predation, drowning or other incident that may result from the impairment of the animal’s normal abilities or responses.