New surgical equipment helps to save birds’ lives

By helenmetcalfe on December 11, 2014

NZ Bird Rescue low res

Survival rates for injured native birds will be enhanced thanks to innovative new surgical equipment to be used by New Zealand Bird Rescue.

An electrosurgery unit that is normally used for human operations will soon be put into action by New Zealand Bird Rescue veterinarians operating on injured birds in Auckland.

The surgical unit was purchased by the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust with support from local real estate group, Harcourts via the Harcourts Foundation.

Chair of the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust, Dr Berend Westera says that the equipment will help to enhance the survival rates of injured birds undergoing surgery.

“Birds have tiny, fragile blood vessels that can easily be damaged unwittingly during surgery. This can lead to severe blood loss and death in some cases. The electrosurgery unit cauterises the blood vessels as it cuts making it much safer for birds,” says Westera.

Representatives from Harcourts local office, Blue Fern Realty, presented a cheque for $5,750 to the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust for the purchase of the surgical unit, at a special event held at the Harcourts Henderson office this week.

Harcourts business owner Phil Freeman says that as animal lovers the team at Blue Fern Realty were pleased to support the purchase of the new surgical unit.

“We are fortunate to have beautiful fauna in our region with the nearby Waitakere Ranges and we’re pleased to provide funding for this equipment that will help to save the lives of native and other species of birds in the area.

“Our team donates a percentage of every property sale to the Harcourts Foundation and those donations are then distributed to non-profit community groups in our area. Being connected and giving back to our local community is what it’s all about.”

The electrosurgery unit will be kept at Pet Doctors in Mount Albert where Dr Westera also works as a veterinarian.

“New Zealand Bird Rescue sees around 4000 injured birds each year including ducks, moreporks, pukekos as well as some endangered and threatened species many being the victims of cat attacks, road accidents, line entanglements or human cruelty.

“A number of these birds now stand a much better chance of survival thanks to the support from Harcourts,” says Westera.