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10:00 am – 4:30 pm | October 12 | Secret World Wildlife Rescue
Wildlife Course 3
Assessment and First Aid in Wildlife Casualties
This wildlife course, led by lecturer Liz Mullineaux (Scientific Advisor and veterinary surgeon SWWR), will discuss how to assess and examine rescued animals at admission, as we do here at Secret World Wildlife Rescue (SWWR). This course is for people who have already attended SWWR’s Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation and release course (Wildlife Course 1). Children of 14 years and over are welcome provided a parent or other responsible adult also attends the course.
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 medical and involve our veterinary staff. We will discuss how to make triage decisions and some techniques that can be used for euthanasia.
First aid is the care provided to stop a casualty from suffering and deteriorating further. We will discuss the principles of first aid and some first aid techniques.
After lunch we will cover medical treatments that your vet may dispense, how to store, administer them and what the broad groups of drugs are for. There will also be a session specifically on bandaging and wound care.
The use of cadavars (dead bodies) gives those attending the chance to examine, bandage and practice medicine administration techniques on real animals. Involvement with this is voluntary but it does give a unique opportunity to develop practical skills with tuition.
This is a full day course, so please bring your own packed lunch; there are facilities for heating food. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day.
Please note: This course is for people who have already attended SWWR’s Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation and release course (Wildlife Course 1) and wish to develop their skills further. This course forms part of the SWWR Certificate in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release.