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Series: Almost everything you wanted to know about… IWRC Almost Everything webinars are created for the edification of our membership. They are short narrated videos (7 to 20 minutes) that detail a specific topic. The webinars are at a variety of experience levels. Additionally, some webinars are fantastic as a before class refresher, or supplementary …
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Fire Season Tips

(Part I of a short series)

In areas affected by seasonal wildfires Covid-19 may cause even greater problems this year. In some regions Covid-19 has meant reduction or cessation of controlled burns to help mitigate fires1. Many rehabilitators are functioning with less volunteers, interns, and paid staff. This makes the need for personal preparation even more important. Use the following tips to help get yourself and/or your center ready for fire season.

Make or Review your Plan

  • Think through the steps to safely evacuate yourself, other people, and the wildlife in your care. If you are a home rehabber, don’t forget to include your pets/livestock.
  • Prioritize! Who/what needs to be evacuated first? What can you afford to leave behind?
  • Print out emergency protocols and review them with anyone that will be helping you in an emergency (partner, volunteers, etc.). Keep them in a binder or folder that is easily accessible.
  • Have emergency supplies in labeled containers that can easily be grabbed as you evacuate.This includes rehab supplies and supplies you and your family will need to survive.

Organize Emergency Information

  • Arrange to get emergency fire/weather alerts via phone or email.
  • If you use a phone tree or phone alert system for employees or volunteers make sure all numbers are up to date and people are willing/able to assist in an emergency.
  •  Have multiple copies of licenses and permits in a fire safe, your evacuation kit, and stored digitally in the cloud.
  • If you lose your home or facility have a plan to transfer your patients to others.
    • Prepare press releases for  local media to redirect rescuers to operational facilities.

Do a Facility Check

  • Clear brush and debris from around your facility, cut branches or limbs that overhang the roof or outdoor enclosures, ensure fire lines are clear.
  • Check smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
    • Members can watch a webinar on fire extinguishers on the IWRC website.
  • Make a list of materials or equipment (i.e O2 tanks) that could be hazardous in a fire. Mark these devices on posted fire escape maps. 
  • Ensure all equipment needed for evacuation (i.e. radios, animal carriers) is in working order.
  • Be prepared to shelter in place if evacuation is not required.

Know the Terrain

  • Know where fires are likely to come from.
  • Plan multiple evacuation routes.
  • Maintain up to date downloaded or paper maps; don’t rely on GPS/phones in an emergency.

Have a drill

  • Go through the motions of evacuation, simply walking through your plan will help.
  • Use every day experiences to prepare- know how long it takes to hook up a trailer, put together animal carriers, or catch up animals. 
  • Adapt and improve your plan as you go (i.e. it takes too long to put carriers together? Use pillow cases instead!).

Works Cited

  1. Phillips C. Covid-19 collision with 2020 fire season will ignite multiple threats. Union of Concerned Scientists, May 11, 2020, [accessed July 6, 2020]

Peer-Review Process

Why do we have peer review?

As wildlife rehabilitation is a fairly new profession, the credibility of the field and the work of wildlife rehabilitators are constantly questioned. IWRC’s courses are science-based with live classroom courses and online training options to choose from. In order to meet minimum knowledge standards, IWRC’s courses, journals and books are peer-reviewed and developed by professionals from different aspects of wildlife rehabilitation and medicine. These resources are both single- or double-blind reviewed and addressed to a scientific audience as well as individuals who are not from a science-based background.

However, webinars and web content are reviewed differently and are mostly evaluated by professionals or volunteers prior to publishing online, instead of undergoing a full peer review process.


What are the different types of peer review?

1. Single-blind review process: The reviewers are not identified to the author but the reviewers are aware of the author’s identity.

The advantage of this process is that it allows unbiased decisions by the author that are free from influence as the reviewers are anonymous. However, the authors may be concerned that reviewers from the same field may delay the review in order to delay publication as this enables the reviewers to publish first1.

2. Double-blind review process: The identities of authors and reviewers are concealed from each other.

This method is the most effective for journals with material that is free from referencing geographic study areas to ensure that research authors are not easily identified when a study area is described in a manuscript. However, reviewers can sometimes identify the author through the paper’s style or subject matter1.


The Peer-Review Process

Adapted from The Wildlife Professional
Adapted from The Wildlife Professional

Peer reviewers are not perfect — as humans, they make mistakes too. However, peer reviewing verifies that the best science and practices are used. It is also “the best system we have been able to devise in order to maintain the integrity of the scientific publication process,” according to Leonard Brennan, former editor of the Wildlife Society Bulletin2.



1White, G. More than 50 shades of gray. The Wildlife Professional. 2014;8: 22
2Brennan, L. Editorial guidance and wildlife science: the role of wildlife society bulletin associate editors and reviewers. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 2012;36(2):396


We are excited to offer Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation virtually for the remainder of the pandemic! Please contact or call our office if you have any questions about IWRC courses.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic IWRC will follow the recommendations of experts at the World Heath Organization (WHO), CDC, and local government guidelines, and think of public health.  We hope that everyone stays safe during this uncertain time. 

Online Classes

In Person Classes

Online Course Catalogue

Wound Management For Wildlife Rehabilitators 

CE Hours: 7 Description: The purpose of this course is to provide tools and knowledge on wound management to aid in the successful rehabilitation of wildlife.

Developed specifically for wildlife care professionals, Wound Management provides a systematic review of the physiology and treatment of the most common types of soft-tissue wounds seen in injured mammalian and avian species. Topics include wound assessment, wound types, antibiotic therapy, cleaning and topical agents, bandaging techniques, and the physiology and stages of wound healing. Fractures and wound management in herpetofauna are not covered in this course. RACE approved.RACE


Oil Spill Volunteering

CE Hours: 1 Description: This course is designed to prepare potential oil spill volunteers in what to expect at an accidental uncontrolled release of oil into the environment. Legal and managerial/organizational aspects of the class are specific to the US environment, but may also be useful in organizing non-US spills.

Pain Management

CE Hours: 2.5 Description: This course is designed to give wildlife care professionals a working knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts underlying the modern approach to pain management in mammalian and avian species. Lecture Topics: the physiology and clinical signs of pain, supportive care techniques, and drug therapy including indications, contraindications and side effects.


CE Hours: 3.5 Description: Wildlife rehabilitators work with animals that are ill or injured. One risk of our profession is the potential exposure to zoonotic diseases (diseases passed from animals to humans). Rehabilitators are viewed as a community resource due to our extensive outreach and education, and are often turned to for information regarding zoonotic diseases. This course provides information on the risks, prevention, and management of zoonoses, including acting as a resource to the public for information on zoonotic diseases. RACE approved RACE

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Course Catalogue

Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation

(Two-Day Class) Duration: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (first day); 8:3o am – 5pm (approximately, second day). Price in US Dollars: $188 for IWRC members; $235 for non-members CE Hours:15  Description: This is an introductory course for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education. This class is meant to be a flipped classroom experience. We challenge you to do your homework and readings before you get to your class. This will facilitate a richer learning experience in the classroom. Lecture topics: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating fluid therapy, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria. Lab topics: gavage (tube-feeding), physical restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams, limb immobilization and weighing. Lab procedures are performed on cadavers.   RACE approvedRACE

Pain & Wound Management

(One-Day Class) Duration: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Price: $105 for IWRC members; $125 for non-members CE Hours:10 (3 Pain Management + 7 Wound Management) Description: When taught live, these two courses are provided as a package with total classroom time of 8 hours. However, two certificates will be provided to participants upon successful completion. Developed specifically for wildlife care professionals, Wound Management provides a systematic review of the physiology and treatment of the most common types of soft-tissue wounds seen in injured mammalian and avian species. Pain Management is designed to give wildlife care professionals a working knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts underlying the modern approach to pain management in mammalian and avian species. Lecture topics: wound assessment, wound types, antibiotic therapy, cleaning and topical agents, bandaging techniques and the physiology and stages of wound healing, the physiology and clinical signs of pain, supportive care techniques, and drug therapy including indications, contraindications and side effects. Fractures and wound management in herpetiles are not covered in this course. Lab Included.  RACE approvedRACE

Reuniting Raptors – North America only

CE Hours: 5.5 Description: This course is designed to provide the essential know-how for licensed wildlife rehabilitators to reunite or foster most species of North American raptors. Most healthy nestling raptors “rescued” by the public are not truly orphans, and it’s generally agreed their best option is to be reunited with parents or fostered to another nest, so they can grow up in the wild in the care of wild adults. Reuniting and fostering also relieves stress on overcrowded rehabilitation facilities during baby season. But many wildlife rehabilitators lack the knowledge and tools for reuniting. 

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1. How do I become a CWR?

Wildlife rehabilitator certification is exam-based. The only requirement to become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) is to take and pass the CWR exam.

The Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator program is available to all that apply — there are no eligibility requirements.


2. If I become a CWR how much CE do I need to fulfill each year?

Certification expires two years from the date of issue listed on the CWR Certificate and must be renewed every two years to remain valid. Certification Renewal Candidates must accrue and show proof of two continuing education units (CEU) during this two-year certification period to qualify for renewal.


3. If I become a CWR what kind of wildlife can I rehabilitate?

The Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator™ program provides a reliable validation of knowledge that will accelerate professional development and enhance credibility in the field of wildlife rehabilitation.  It does not provide you with the rehabilitation skills to care for specific species of wildlife, or exempt you from existing governmental laws and/or permits required to rehabilitate wildlife.


4. What classes do I need to take to become a CWR?

No classes are required to be taken to become a CWR. Wildlife rehabilitator certification is exam-based. The only requirement to become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) is to take and pass the CWR exam.

The Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator program is available to all that apply–there are no eligibility requirements.


5. If I take an IWRC class including the Basic Class does that mean I’m certified?

No. After the completion and passing of an IWRC class, a certificate of completion will be provided to you but it does not mean that you are CWR certified or legally licensed. In order to be CWR certified, it requires that you take and pass the CWR exam. In order to be licensed you must comply with your country’s legal requirements.


6. If I take the Basic class what kind of license do I get?

No licensing is provided by taking the Basic class.  Some states and provinces require that you take the Basic class in order to be eligible for a wildlife rehabilitation permit. Please contact your local conservation officer or game warden for more information pertaining to permits or visit our page on How To Become A Wildlife Rehabilitator.


7. Can I take Basic class online?

IWRC offers some courses online such as oil spill volunteering, pain management and parasitology. Other courses, such as the Basic class, are offered only as an in-person course.  This offers students the unique opportunity to interact face-to-face with instructors, as well as gain hands-on experience during the Basic class’ interactive lab.


8. How do your online courses work?

Most of our online courses are on demand (if they are not they will say “live” and have dates listed on the registration page). On demand courses include video lectures, some additional readings or worksheets, and an online exam. The online on demand courses are designed to be flexible.  You can start and stop them, return later, and pause when you need to.

The videos are streamed over the Internet. Our online courses have been tested on Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari and currently work on all recent versions of these programs. Old versions are not supported. We suggest using Firefox or Chrome for best results.


9. I’ve taken all the online classes, now what?

Have you taken all of IWRC’s online classes and are looking for more continuing education opportunities? Consider attending IWRC’s symposium, attending one of our in-person classes or take the CWR.


10. What is the difference between licensing, permitting, and certification?

Certification is a professional designation of knowledge. Licensing and permitting are legal functions required by many countries and by all US states and Canadian provinces to take care of wildlife. Many places also allow for volunteers or sub-permittees working with already licensed rehabilitators, so each individual at a center does not need to be permitted.


11. What are some of IWRC’s membership benefits?

As a member of IWRC you have access to member-only benefits such as our unique webinars, online Kcal and Drug calculators, access to job postings and animal placements as well as a current membership directory. It also includes our peer-reviewed Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation, a copy of the Minimum Standards document, discounts on courses, literature orders and symposia as well as voting privileges in board elections. Organizational members will also be able to participate in the IWRC Practicum Accreditation beginning in 2015.


12. How can I renew my membership?

Your membership can be renewed online through IWRC’s online store or even easier, sign-up for an automatic renewal. Additionally you can call 866-871-1869 x0 to renew or send a check and this form to the office.


13. I would like to submit an article to the Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation. How do I do this?

All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter stating the intent of the author(s) to submit the manuscript exclusively for publication in the JWR. Electronic submissions are required; hard-copy manuscripts are not accepted. The manuscript file should be attached to the submission letter (which can be the body of your email) and sent to


14. I found an injured animal. Can IWRC take it?

IWRC is available to help individuals connect with wildlife rehabilitators internationally. Visit our Emergency page to find out what you need to consider about finding wildlife in distress, and how you can find a rehabilitator closest to you.



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President’s Report Summer 2011

Dear Colleagues
Summer is at its height in the Northern Hemisphere and rehab centers are loaded with babies and injured adults to care for, and a phone that never stops.  We often forget to take time to care for ourselves.  Having been there and gotten many tee-shirts, I can only ask you, my dear colleagues, to try and take time for yourselves.  Some years ago, I wrote a talk entitled ‘Stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, and adrenal fatigue – the dark side of rehab’ (yes it is a bit like do as I say and not as I do!).  In preparing for this, I asked colleagues on a rehab chat line for input, what are the worst issues you face and how do you de-stress.  One reply still resonates and I have endeavored to use it in my life.  This wise person takes time for an unbreakable date with her husband each evening, meeting on the deck at 6pm, time for being together.  My translation is nibbles, a drink, maybe a fruit juice spritzer, and M*A*S*H re-runs with my husband, so calling me between 5 and 6pm may not be a good thing.  We chat, catching up on the day and deciding what supper will be if there are no left-overs in the fridge.  Magic!  I look forward to this special time and always feel recharged afterwards.
IWRC has been busy with planning for the 2011 Symposium.  Kai and Kim will let you know the details as soon as the plans are finalized.  I look forward to meeting you in Florida this November.  Maybe we can try meeting for a drink at 5!
Bookings for courses are also keeping us busy.  Don’t forget to check out the in person courses that may be coming to your region.  On-line courses are also being revamped and released.  There are several new and very exciting courses in the works.  Kai will let you know more next week.
Instructor Team
Did you know that all of IWRC’s instructors are Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators (CWR)?  We, yes me too, have all sat this on-line exam, designed to challenge our knowledge and ensure that a pass really is quite an achievement.  IWRC is also proud to welcome new instructors on board.  If you are interested in preparing for this exam, the Basic Course is a great start.  Check out the locations of up-coming classes.  None near you?  How about hosting one?  Contact Kim at
The Basic Course needs your help (and Nutrition Course too).
This wonderful course is in need of an update which will be tackled later on this year.  But we need images to update the PowerPoint.  Can you help please?  Topics cover a wide range, as any of you who have taken this class know, and you probably remember that many of the photos are looking rather ancient!  So, this summer, take lots of photos and share your high quality digital images with us and other rehabbers.  Topic we need digital images for include: facilities, caging, flight caging, housing, diseases, general images of wild animals, babies of all sorts, injuries, release sites and releases, laboratory set-up, digital X-ray images, safety equipment, and any thing else you would like to share with us.  We would also like to to place some of the images not used in the course in the IWRC Members site as a resource available for browsing.  Please let Kai know who took the images so we can ensure they are acknowledged correctly.  Email images to
The Nutrition Course is also up for review and I would like to bring more images into this course also.  So think about any photos that would be of use to illustrate nutritional issues.  Have you received an animal with severe nutritional deficiencies?  How about feather damage?  Fractures?  Please take those photos and send them to Kai.
Talking nutrition, calcium is often an underdone component of our young wildlife diets.  You can simply use your egg shells for your charges.  If they come from boiled eggs, simply dry them and grind them up.  If uncooked, bake them for 20 minutes at 250°F, grind them up and store them in a container.  Place a little egg shell in all your cages allowing your charges the chance to add calcium to their diet as needed.  Deer antlers are great calcium sources for small mammals.
Thinking about courses, a new series of webinars are going to be added to the IWRC Members section.  The first one should be out next week.  It is the first in a new series called ‘Almost everything you wanted to know…’.  These webinars address topics we all need to know something about, the first one – Needles and Syringes.  The next – Reading a pharmaceutical label.  I have to admit, I learned lots too as I pulled them together.  Plus it was fun to do these units.  Are you interested in helping?  One I am working on is – how to identify that white stuff in that bird’s mouth.  Contact Kai.
In the works are a special series in the ‘Almost everything…’ group – Wildlife Disease Webinars.  We are hoping to enlist veterinary students to help prepare them.  However, we need your help too.  Let us know what wildlife diseases are of concern in your area.  What species are affected and what common names are used for this disease.  Also, do you have any contact with your local vet school?  We would love to ensure that they are in our database.  This series could be a great class project and the benefits ongoing for years to come.  Email Kim at if you have a vet school contact to share.
The webinars are all going to be translated into French and Spanish.  However, I don’t want to wear out our 2 volunteer translators, so do you know someone who can help with these languages?  It would also be useful if they are prepared to simply review the translation.  My hope is that we can also translate the webinars into other languages, Mandarin and Cantonese being two languages that would be so exciting to offer these in – OK I know, dreaming in Technicolor again, but if we don’t, nothing changes.  So if you dream too, and can help, let me know.
I was really excited when Kai asked me to look over the book titles she was considering purchasing for the on-line store.  There really is nothing like a great reference book on the shelf, something to turn to for help and ideas.  Let her know at if you need other titles.  I am looking for a new drug formulary.  What ones do you find most useful?
A new Database for State, Provincial, and Territory contacts (and beyond)
We are developing a new database for our membership of all the contact information, current regulations for registering a rehab center, relevant wildlife rehabilitation laws and regulations for the USA and Canada.  This is a huge undertaking and needs help to make it happen.  Board member, Brenda Harms is preparing a template to ensure we cover all the bases as we develop this informational database.  Are you interested in helping with the information for your State, Province, or Territory?  We can send you the template as soon as it is ready.  Or you can send Kim the email contact for your permitting office.  Any regulations or web based forms will also be of great use to your colleagues.  Not in the USA or Canada?  Send your government’s information along.  It might be a very long while before we have information available worldwide, but we can start with the countries with IWRC members!  Email information to
Don’t forget to protect yourself through these long days of hard work, never ending demands for your time and expertise, and always one more job to do.  Sleep all you need, eat well and don’t forget to laugh, maybe one of our greatest gifts for de-stressing.  I hope you can plan a break with all of us in Florida this November.  If this is not a possibility, do make time for time out, you deserve it.
My very best to you all,

Schedule 2011

2011 Symposium

Printable Schedule

Collected Paper Abstracts and Bios


Tuesday 8th November



Egret and Breezeway

8:00am – 10:00am

Basics 1AB

Oiled wildlife response (International Bird Rescue)

 Break – 10:00am – 10:30am


Basics 1AB

Oiled wildlife response (IBR)

Break  – 12:30am -1:30pm


  1:30 – 3:00pm

Basics 1AB

Oiled wildlife response (IBR)

 Break – 3:00pm -3:30pm

  3:30 -5:00pm

Basics 1AB

Oiled wildlife response (IBR)

Wednesday 9th November

Field Trip – 8:00am – 1:30pm

IWRC Board Meeting, St Andrew Room – 8:00am – 3:00pm



Egret and Breezeway

 8:00am– 10:00am

Basics 1AB

Oiled wildlife response – IBR

  Break – 10:00am – 10:30am

10:30am -12:30pm

Basics 1AB

Oiled wildlife response – IBR

 Break  – 12:30am -1:30pm


 1:30 – 3:00pm

Basics 1AB

Oiled wildlife response – IBR

Break – 3:00pm -3:30pm

 3:30 -5:00pm

Instructors meeting

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Oiled wildlife response (IBR)

Meet and Greet, Breezeway Terrace (bar opens) – 5:30pm

Thursday 10th November (Sessions)



8:00am –10:00 am

IWRC General Meeting  and Keynote Speaker Dr Greg Harrison

Break – 10:00am – 10:30am


Mammals Track – IBIS Room

Disaster planning Track  –  Egret room



Crumpacker- Coyote Rehabilitation Enclosure Design

Bailey- Raccoon Neonatology and Paediatrics

L. Miller- Monitoring Northern Gannets

De Napoli- Saving Penguins from Oil Spills

Break  – 12:30am -1:30pm


1:30pm – 2:15pm

2:15pm –3:00pm

Leggett- Rehabilitation of the Eastern CottontailWhitman, Krempels- When is a Rabbit not a Rabbit? Holcomb – Outcomes from the Louisiana Oil SpillGrogan- Factors Affecting Welfare of Oiled Guillemots

 Break – 3:00pm -4:00pm

  4:00pm –5:00pm Collins – USFWS Permit Changes Roundtable

Film Festival, Orchard – 6:00pm

Friday 11th November (Sessions)




Mammals Track – IBIS Room

Disaster planning Track  –  Egret room

  8:00am – 9:00am

9:00am –10:00am

Dominguez- Wildlife Rehab in SE Queensland, AU

Loeffler- Wildlife Rescue in China

McRuer- WILD-One: A rehabilitation tool for quality animal care and monitoring wild animal health

Break  – 10:0am -10:30am   – Book Signing Begins @10am – 1:30pm


10:30am – 11:30am

11:30am – 12:30pm

Astorga- Tourism and Wildlife Rehab in Chile

Crawford- Using our Rehab Experience Int’l

Joyner- Ethics in Wildlife Medicine

Joyner- Human Dimensions of Avian Conservation

Break – 12:30pm -1:00pm

Reuniting  Track

Disease Track

  1:00pm – 5:30pm Renesting and Reuniting – Multiple Presenters plus Roundtable (details in booklet)

Brown- Role of Raccoons in the evolution of Parvoviruses

Disease webinars

Bar Opens – 5:30pm

Banquet – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday12th November (Sessions)




Birds (general)    Ibis Room

Disaster planning Track  Egret Room

8:00am – 9:00am

9:00am – 10:00am

Stevens- Non-Eagle Feather Repository

Neville (formerly Amico)- Chimney Swift Rehab

Bevan and Forsberg- Disaster Planning and Response for Wildlife Rehabilitation

Break  – 10:0am -10:30am


10:30am – 11:30am

11:30am –12:30pm

Aley- Virginia State Hunting Laws and Interp

Bevan and Forsberg- Disaster Planning and Response for Wildlife Rehabilitation

Break – 12:30pm -2:00pm

Visit to South Florida Wildlife Centre


Leave Hotel – Meet in Lobby                         Arrive at Centre @2:45


3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Sherry L. Schlueter- Criminal Abuse of Wildlife,  Stefan Harsch- Validation of Triage Scoring, Antonia Gardner- Capture Myopathy in March Birds, Renata Schneider- Success’ and Failures of Orthopedic Surgeries at SFWC

Tour of the Center – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Dinner – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Return to Hotel –8:00pm

Back to previous symposiums

Science and Rehabilitation Resources (member only)

Scientific and Rehabilitation Resources


These items are IWRC webinars created for the edification of our membership.  The webinars are at a variety of experience levels.  Additionally, some webinars are fantastic as a before class refresher, or supplementary to our courses.  Look for more additions to the list every month.

Everything you wanted to know about…

Needles and Syringes

Pharmaceutical Labels

Handouts, Manuals, and Aids

The below resources are items that we at IWRC have found useful aids in practicing wildlife rehabilitation (note that not all are peer reviewed).

Recognizing Fractures of the Wing – Leah Shimmel

Avian Splinting Manual – Rebecca Duerr


Journal Articles and Research Press releases of Interest

Efficacy of Rehab Centers in the Study of Disease – Journal of Wildlife Disease

The Risk of Prion Zoonoses – Science

Songbirds: Scared to death –

Investigation of undiagnosed disease affecting arctic ring seals – AVMA

Universal precautions for the management of bat white-nose syndrome (WNS) – USGS Wildlife Heath Bulletin

Probable Zoonotic Leprosy in the Southern United States – The New England Journal of Medicine

US Plague Surveillance Report – National Wildlife Disease Program

US Tularemia Surveillance Report – National Wildlife Disease Program

Dual Parasitic Infections Deadly to Marine mammals – PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Summary and press release (dual parasitic infections in marine mammals) – National Institute of Health

Big Leap in Understanding Frog Threat – Press Release from University of Sydney on research into amphibian parasites.

Study of H5N1 Vaccinations in European Zoos – Clinical and Vaccine Immunology

Continent-wide association of H5N1 outbreaks in wild and domestic birds in Europe – Geospat Health