Wildlife handling and care

 (SWWR Certificate in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release - Course 2)

This course is for people who have already attended the Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR) Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation and release course (Course 1) and wish to develop their skills further. This course forms part of the SWWR Certificate in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release.

In this day course we will discuss how to handle animals in a safe and responsible way, using appropriate protective equipment as necessary.

Attention to hygiene is important both to protect ourselves and to avoid spread of infections to animals and between animals. We will discuss how to organise animal accommodation to make cleaning safe and easy, which disinfectant products to use and how to use them.

Good records of admissions, clinical care and progress and outcomes are essential for individual animal care. Effective record keeping also allow us to review the whole process of rehabilitation and just how successful it really is. Records and licences are also required for legal reasons. We will discuss the types of records we keep at SWWR.

In the afternoon we will discuss the specific housing, feeding and care requirements for common birds and mammals. Following on from the principles of orphan rearing in the first course, we will discuss the rearing and subsequent rehabilitation of specific species of orphan animals.

 Lecturers:- Pauline Kidner (Founder SWWR), Laura Benfield (Head of Animal Care Services SWWR)

This is a full day course, so please bring your own packed lunch; there are also facilities for heating food.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. 

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