Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release for Veterinary Professionals

This course is for veterinary surgeons, registered veterinary nurses, veterinary students and student veterinary nurse. Others who work in a veterinary environment (receptionists, animal care assistants etc.) will also find the course of interest.

It is essential that when dealing with wildlife casualties that veterinary professionals have a good understanding of the law relating to wildlife. Wildlife casualties cause many ethical problems, many relating to their own welfare in captivity and others to the possible consequences of their release.

Triage is the process by which we decide which animals we can successfully treat and release and which we need to euthanase. Triage decisions are often, but not exclusively, medical. The full spectrum of factors affecting our triage decisions will be discussed.

The principles of first aid in wildlife species are not greatly dissimilar to those in domestic animals, however delivery of adequate first aid can be difficult. We will discuss a range of first aid techniques applicable to wildlife including appropriate fluid therapy, analgesia, bandaging and wound care.

The range of medical problems affecting UK mammals and birds is broad, however common things are common and in the afternoon sessions we will cover as many of these in as many species as we can.

Finally we will make use of our available wildlife cadavars to have hands on experience of examining these animals and practicing first aid and other techniques.

 Lecturers:-  Dr Liz Mullineaux MRCVS (Scientific Advisor and veterinary surgeon SWWR), vet nurse TBC, SWWR animal carer TBC

Special offer on BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties for those registering for this course - Wildlife_2e_flier.pdf

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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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