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Virbac Australia celebrates 30 years

Monday, May 01, 2017 

Why we chose a wombat for the logo celebrating 30 Years of Virbac Australia.

The wombat is one of Australia’s iconic native animals. There are three species of this particular marsupial in Australia:

  1. The northern hairy-nosed wombat which is an endangered species,
  2. The southern hairy nosed wombat,
  3. The bare nosed wombat (previously known as the common wombat).

These nocturnal, burrow dwelling animals have backward facing pouches so that they do not fill up with dirt when they are tunnelling. The wombat is approximately 1m long and weighs between 20-35kg. 

Wombats in Australia have become severely infested with sacoptic mange (Sarcoptes scabeii) which causes scabies in humans and mange in dogs and foxes. This has led to the death of many of the species with a slow and debilitating condition that results in an emaciated, scab encrusted, blind and flyblown animal. Once animals reach this severe state they usually require euthanasia if found in the wild. Trying to treat them and protect them before they reach this state has become the mission of the Wombat Protection Society of Australia.

As these animals are native and live in the wild, treatment of the animals has been a difficult task. Fortunately Virbac has been working with veterinarians to find an effective treatment and prevention of sarcoptic mite. The APVMA have recently issued a permit for this off-label treatment so that it can continue to play a significant role in reducing the presence of mites in many wombat colonies. Free treatment kits are provided to people who live in areas with infected wombats so that they may help free wombats from this debilitating disease.

Susan Swaney B.Agr.Sc.,B.V.Sc.,M.V.Sc.
Technical Services Manager



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