Jim Pollock, BVSc
Jim Pollock passed away in May 2023. He had been ill for some time.
I haven't been able to write about it before now. I still don't
know how much I will be able to get into words. It is difficult to
see the screen, because my eyes are filled with tears.
I am not sure if others will understand the significance, but my
longest ongoing email relationship has been with Jim, and it was a
relationship in which the boundaries were clear. Our communication
was all about possums. I did not discuss my illness with him, and I
don't even know if he knew. I think at the very least he suspected I
was eccentric, or didn't quite fit anywhere.
I never met him in person, or spoke to him on the phone.
It's difficult to find vets in Australia who are willing to treat
wildlife, but Jim had decades of experience.
The first time I wrote to him, I sent some photos and a rather
long-winded description. He wrote back in less than two hours, and
said 'give me your address, I'll overnight you some antibiotics.' The
conditions that were occurring in possums here were those he had
been treating throughout his career.
Through the years, Jim either helped to save the lives of
countless possums here, or to at least improve their quality of
He also helped me, not only by helping me to help those I cared
about, but by believing me, and believing in me.
I will miss him.
[The photos on this page represent only a few of the possums who
have been helped over the years, and due to the difficulty of
composing this entry, I have reused some from my last possum tv
possum tv 2015
possum tv 2014
possum tv 2012
possum tv 2011
possum tv 2010