Veterinary Vaccination Grants - Round 2

Even before the events in the summer of 2019-2020 many species of Flying-foxes were already classified as vulnerable to extinction or endangered. Flying-foxes are important long range pollinators and crucial to healthy ecosystems.

Earlier this year as a part of WIRES emergency preparedness program, we established a new grant to cover the costs of vaccinations for vet clinic staff nationally. The WIRES Vet Vaccination Grant Program has been developed to cover the costs of Lyssavirus vaccinations for vet clinic staff in all Australian States and Territories.

As veterinary staff must be vaccinated to treat all bats, this program is specifically designed to increase veterinary capacity to treat flying-foxes.

Wildlife rescuers and carers rely heavily on the generosity of veterinary clinics and wildlife hospitals to triage and treat injured flying-foxes. Flying-foxes often come into care with severe injuries from entanglement and swift treatment of these injuries are crucial to their survival.

Flying-foxes are also highly susceptible to heat stress and entire colonies can be severely affected. Unfortunately these events are becoming more common in summer months.

WIRES encourages veterinary staff, especially those located near known flying-fox colonies who are keen to regularly help treat flying-foxes, to become vaccinated and help us save these critical species. We are also keen for the details of this grant program to be shared broadly with the veterinary sector.

Due to the overwhelming interest from Round 1 of our Vet Vaccination Grant Program, we are pleased to announce that Round 2 is now open for applications. If you missed out in Round 1 now is your chance to apply.

This Vaccination Grant Program includes the initial vaccinations required, which will need to be administered by a medical professional.

Applicants will also need to discuss the plans with their doctor to confirm their doctor supports them receiving the vaccinations.

Applications open Monday 23rd August and close Friday 17th September 2021

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

Terms and Conditions

Applications for the Round 2 Veterinary Vaccination Grants are now closed.

Thank you for your applications and interest.

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