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Wildlife Hospital Nurse

A Wildlife Hospital Nurse will support their team by looking after the animals that come in to the clinic, ensuring they are well looked after. This includes providing food, water and a clean, dry home. Medication may also need to be administered as stated by the Vet.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 10,000 people are currently employed as Wildlife Hospital Nurses in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 10,200 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

40.3% of all Wildlife Hospital Nurses are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Wildlife Hospital Nurses is NT, with only 0.6%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 36% of Wildlife Hospital Nurses being male and 64% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Wildlife Hospital Nurses is 25-34 years old, with 35.8%. A small percentage (5.4%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Wildlife Hospital Nurses, with 9% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Wildlife Hospital Nurses work an average of 42.7 hours a week which is 1.8 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Wildlife Hospital Nurses have a Bachelor Degree qualification (100%) or are at a Below Year 10 level (0%). 100% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 0% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Wildlife Hospital Nurse Duties & Tasks

  • Oversee the assessment and treatment of wildlife
  • Make sure wildlife is properly cared for, with food and water
  • Clean wildlife where appropriate
  • Make sure wildlife cages and surrounding areas are kept clean and tidy
  • Administer drugs where needed, as instructed by a Vet



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.