Zorgprotocollen in het zeehondenziekenhuis

In ons zeehondenziekenhuis hebben we strenge regels over hygiëne, voeding en het toedienen van medicijnen. Net als in een ziekenhuis voor mensen. Die zorgprotocollen zijn ontzettend belangrijk en maakt dat wij hét zeehondenziekenhuis van Europa zijn. Maar niet alleen dat. Ook de mensen zijn ook onmisbaar. Gespecialiseerde dierenartsen, ervaren medewerkers en toegewijde vrijwilligers vanuit de hele wereld. En natuurlijk onze bezoekers en donateurs zonder wie wij ons werk niet konden doen.

We leggen je de regels uit waar onze verzorgers en dierenartsen zich aan moeten houden. En waarom we zo werken.

Hoe zit het zeehondenziekenhuis in elkaar?

There are a number of special areas that should be in a seal centre. These are necessary to take good care of sick seals.

Intake room

We thoroughly check medically every seal that comes in. The admission of new patients therefore takes place in a special intake room. Here, the vets and nurses have everything at hand to conduct the first check of a seal. This room should not be too close to the enclosures, as we do not yet know whether new seals carry infectious diseases or not.

Quarantine units

If it turns out that a seal has a contagious disease, it should not come near other animals. That is why we have spaces where sick animals can rest separately. We also call this the quarantine units. We can close these enclosures, so that as few viruses or bacteria as possible enter and exit.

Three phases of care

We distinguish three phases in the rehabilitation of a seal. The veterinarians determine in which phase a seal goes. This depends on the amount of care the animal needs. The phases are all separated from each other, so that we can prevent infections between them.

Fish kitchen

We have a special kitchen where we prepare all meals for the seals. Here si where the fish (porridge) is defrosted. The fish porridge is mixed with water and fish portions are made for the seals. Furthermore, all the necessary material is prepared for the feedings.

Spotless kitchen
When feeding the seals, the nurses are very close to the animals and of course, the material to feed the animals also comes into close contact. This makes the risk of contamination greater than usual. Therefore, the kitchen should always be clean. Thus, we clean it several times a day.

Surgery room

Our surgery room is equipped to perform all kinds of surgeriess and medical checks. In this way, we offer the best care possible. Our experienced vets and nurses can anesthetize, operate and wake seals up. In some operations, they are assisted by experts from outside the center.

Water purification

Have you ever wondered how we keep the water in the pools clean? We have a water purification installation for this. We work with a 'closed system' in our filtration system. This means that we reuse all pool water. In addition, the pool water continuously circulates through multiple filtration tanks to maintain a high quality of the water. We use tap water to which salt has been added.

Filtering process
The water flows from the pools via the drain through a number of filters. Here, all larger particles (poo, broken fish, leaves) are removed. Finally, it goes to a carbon filter. Carbon is very good at absorbing tiny impurities. After that, the water is very clean! So clean, that it no longer has enough minerals. Therefore, before the water goes back into the pools, salt is added. We also add a little bit of chlorine to disinfect the water. The seals are not bothered by this.

  • Intake room

  • Quarantaine

  • Fish kitchen

  • Surgery room

  • Water purification

Hoe gaan we te werk?

We never just enter an enclosure to care for a seal. We work with strict protocols. Most of the rules and practices we follow are designed to prevent the spread of diseases. But it is also important to give the animals as little stress as possible.

Intake room

We thoroughly check medically every seal that comes in. The admission of new patients therefore takes place in a special intake room. Here, the vets and nurses have everything at hand to conduct the first check of a seal. This room should not be too close to the enclosures, as we do not yet know whether new seals carry infectious diseases or not.

Quarantine units

If it turns out that a seal has a contagious disease, it should not come near other animals. That is why we have spaces where sick animals can rest separately. We also call this the quarantine units. We can close these enclosures, so that as few viruses or bacteria as possible enter and exit.

Three phases of care

We distinguish three phases in the rehabilitation of a seal. The veterinarians determine in which phase a seal goes. This depends on the amount of care the animal needs. The phases are all separated from each other, so that we can prevent infections between them.

Fish kitchen

We have a special kitchen where we prepare all meals for the seals. Here si where the fish (porridge) is defrosted. The fish porridge is mixed with water and fish portions are made for the seals. Furthermore, all the necessary material is prepared for the feedings.

Spotless kitchen
When feeding the seals, the nurses are very close to the animals and of course, the material to feed the animals also comes into close contact. This makes the risk of contamination greater than usual. Therefore, the kitchen should always be clean. Thus, we clean it several times a day.

Surgery room

Our surgery room is equipped to perform all kinds of surgeriess and medical checks. In this way, we offer the best care possible. Our experienced vets and nurses can anesthetize, operate and wake seals up. In some operations, they are assisted by experts from outside the center.

Water purification

Have you ever wondered how we keep the water in the pools clean? We have a water purification installation for this. We work with a 'closed system' in our filtration system. This means that we reuse all pool water. In addition, the pool water continuously circulates through multiple filtration tanks to maintain a high quality of the water. We use tap water to which salt has been added.

Filtering process
The water flows from the pools via the drain through a number of filters. Here, all larger particles (poo, broken fish, leaves) are removed. Finally, it goes to a carbon filter. Carbon is very good at absorbing tiny impurities. After that, the water is very clean! So clean, that it no longer has enough minerals. Therefore, before the water goes back into the pools, salt is added. We also add a little bit of chlorine to disinfect the water. The seals are not bothered by this.

  • Intakeruimte

  • Quarantaine

  • Fish kitchen

  • Surgery room

  • Water purification

How we work

We are a knowledge and research institute; we do research on the seal and its habitat. And of course, in order to provide the best possible care for them. We are a knowledge and research institute; we do research on the seal and its habitat. And of course, in order to provide the best possible care for them. We are a sealcentre; we share our knowledge, expertise and experience to stress the importance of healthy seals in a healthy sea.

Did you know...

It is unknown how common seals (Phoca vitulina) first got the virus. One theory is that the virus comes from another seal species: the harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus). The harp seal is a species of seal that lives in the Arctic. There is a chance that these seals already carried the virus and passed it on to common seals.

Our values

For years, we have had passion and care for the seal, including its habitat. A clean and healthy Wadden Sea is therefore a very big deal for us.

  • Create a community / family feeling to encourage collaboration and engagement.
  • Use authority, knowledge and science as a guide to management and conservation.
  • Be flexible and pragmatic to quickly provide help to seals in distress.
  • Take passion as the basis for an authentic, honest and personal story.

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