Wildbase Recovery has signed their first corporate sponsor, Broadway Radiology, who have been providing Wildbase Hospital with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services for a number of years. Alongside the x-rays and CT scans Wildbase already do at their Massey University facilities, the MRIs help provide a complete story of an animal’s illness or injuries – adding weight towards a positive diagnosis. Kiwi and tuataras are just some of the unique native wildlife that have passed through Broadway Radiology’s doors.
“Wildbase leads the way in innovation,” says Broadway Radiology General Manager, Duncan Scott. “They treat some of the most vulnerable species on the planet, and for those who don’t make it, their dedicated pathology and research work provides solutions for future species-management.”
As a locally owned and operated business, Broadway Radiology has been looking for a community-focused cause. The Wildbase Recovery project came to Broadway Radiology’s attention through principal Peter Dixon, who is also president of the Middle Districts Lions Club that are leading fellow clubs’ support in raising awareness and funds for Wildbase Recovery. “Wildbase Recovery will not only engage the public with world-class innovation being done right here in the Manawatu, but as an education facility it will also directly contribute to conservation on a national scale”, says Dr Dixon.
Diagnosis is an important step in recovery. MRI is a body-imaging tool that uses a magnetic field, rather that radiation, to enhance tissue and small body parts. Simply put, it is better for the patient and assists with diagnosis of diseases or tendon damage – determining what rehabilitation best fits.
Wildbase Recovery Community Trust is tasked with raising the $5.69m needed to build the world-class wildlife recovery facility in Palmerston North’s Victoria Esplanade. The Trust is very excited to have Broadway Radiology onboard. Their commitment of $10,000 adds to the $1.94m already raised to date, and signals how Wildbase Recovery is truly a community project with national reach,” says Wildbase Recovery Community Trust Chair, Roger Kennedy.
Wildbase Recovery will provide permanent breeding and inflight aviaries, alongside 14 rehabilitation aviaries, offering some of our most endangered species specialist rehabilitation from illness and injury before their release back into the wild.
Wildlife will come from all over New Zealand, and once fully recovered they will be released back into the wild. There is no other facility like this in New Zealand; its direct connection with Wildbase Hospital and contribution to conservation efforts reflects the project’s national and global significance.
Alongside Mr Kennedy and Palmerston North Mayor, Grant Smith, departing Wildbase Recovery Community Trustee, Jono Naylor, recently presented Broadway Radiology with a certificate of appreciation.
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