Kim Blomme RVT, CWR
Kim never really knew what she wanted to be when she grew up until she responded to an advertisement looking for help at a local veterinary clinic. 35 years later, she still loves the field of veterinary medicine and is committed to life-long learning. She became a registered veterinary technologist in 1985. While working at the veterinary clinic, she became aware of the lack of resources to assist wildlife and in 1989; she founded the Alberta Bird Rescue Association, a wild bird rehabilitation centre out of her home in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. This became the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton in 1996 and now WildNorth Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation which runs a wildlife hospital in Edmonton and a rehabilitation facility in Parkland County, Alberta. Kim is the Director of Wildlife Services for WildNorth and oversees the care of over 2900 wild birds and small mammals annually. She continues to work part-time as an RVT and maintains her registration through active CE each year.
Kim has a strong desire to see a well-developed plan for responding to injured, orphaned or oiled wildlife in urban environments and believes caring for and about wildlife should be a shared responsibility with non-profits, municipal and provincial/federal governments. She is also committed to increasing understanding and tolerance for urban wildlife in a rapidly changing landscape.
Lloyd Brown CWR
Lloyd has served IWRC as a State Representative, a regional representative and then as a board member. He served as the membership director and conducted surveys of rehabilitators from around the world (asking what rehabilitators wanted IWRC to be for them and what IWRC could do to make them more likely to join). Lloyd developed and taught the first disaster preparedness class specifically for rehabbers and developed a database to assist rescuers in helping rehabbers after a disaster. Lloyd served in the US Army as a Paratrooper and is currently serving as a fire fighter, technical rescue technician and paramedic. He also has worked around the world on animal rescue and disaster relief projects for Vier Pfoten, IFAW, HSUS, HSI, Code 3 associates, and ASPCA. Lloyd feels that IWRC should be the leader in providing education and advocacy for rehabilitators around the world. Where there are currently no rehab operations, local people should be helped and educated to understand the value of native wildlife and to develop rehabilitation programs appropriate to their regions and the problems they face. Lloyd is currently a State and Federally permitted wildlife rehabilitator and runs a small rehabilitation operation in South Florida. He has been working as a rehabber for 18 years and rehabilitates native birds, terrestrial mammals and marine mammals (dolphins, whales and otters).
Halley Buckanoff CWR
Halley is currently employed at the North Carolina Zoo at the helm of the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center overseeing rehabilitation practices, center operations, and mentoring of more than 150 volunteers and interns.
Halley graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician with 10+ years of emergency, exotic, zoo and wildlife medicine and husbandry experience. She has completed graduate level course work in animal population management and animal nutrition. Previously, she worked as field biologist mist-netting, trapping, banding, tracking and radio-collaring birds; currently she holds a USFW banding permit and is conducting post-release survival studies on commonly rehabilitated backyard birds in conjunction with Guilford College.
Halley is also the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s North American Regional Studbook Keeper for the Perodicticus potto (a small African monkey), having devised and published protocols leading to the first successful hand-rearing of a captive infant. Halley believes that the wildlife rehabilitation community are entrusted professionals and as such stewards for wildlife and wild places, relied upon to stay up-to-date on practices and provide conservation education.
Christina Carrieres RVT, CWR
Over the years, she has completed a number of training courses and has gained experience volunteering in various wildlife rehabilitation centres in different countries such as Guatemala, Belize, South Africa working with endangered African penguins, and Hawaii where she worked with endangered species of seabirds and waterfowls. She also attended numerous conferences related to wildlife in order to provide the best possible care for Vancouver Island’s wild patients.
Kelli Knight DVM, CWR
Dr. Kelli graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In 1995, she did a veterinary externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. After a successful career in small-animal practice, she completed a wildlife rehabilitation externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in 2011 and fell in love with the field of wildlife rehabilitation! In 2012, Dr. Kelli joined the staff at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and has held several positions including wildlife rehabilitation intern, wildlife rehabilitator, and, currently, the Assistant Director of Veterinary Services. She is also a member of NWRA’s national team. Dr. Kelli lives in Waynesboro and spends her free time at her home away from home in Blacksburg cheering on her Hokies at football and basketball games.
Kristin Madden CWR
Kristin Madden is the former Clinic Director of Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico. She has been training educational raptors and rehabilitating wildlife since 1998. Kristin has been a wildlife biologist for 20 years, focusing on avian biology. She has a Master’s degree in environmental studies/wildlife biology and is conducting long-term research on urban Cooper’s Hawks in New Mexico.
Rebecca McKeever CWR
Rebecca has been a wildlife rehabilitator in Texas since 1994, but has a long history of volunteering at centers since the mid-80s. In 1997, she founded Lone Star Wildlife Rescue. Her group takes care of all native Texas wildlife, but specializes in deer and raptors, including eagles.
Rebecca has been sharing her experience with IWRC students throughout the country and abroad since 2000. She has a love of teaching and spent many years at sea on a research vessel as First Scientist for the Sea Education Association. Her duties include running the lab, quality control, lectures to students on a variety of oceanic/environmental topics as well as rehabbing the occasional wayward bird that landed on the deck.
Besides rehabbing, Rebecca also runs Horse Feathers Farm; breeding select, imported Gypsy Horses and beautiful Drum Horses. Her passions are birds and horses.
Mark Naniot CWR
Mark Naniot has been mending orphaned and injured wildlife for almost 40 years. He has Bachelor degrees in natural resources and biology and has served on the Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Committee to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources since its inception. This committee promotes wildlife rehabilitation as a profession with guidelines and rules to protect the wildlife in rehabilitator's care as well as safeguard the public.
From 1996-2010 Mark and his center were responsible for the care & treatment of over 10,630 wild animals comprised from over 100 different species.
Renee Schott DVM, CWR
Renée is currently a full-time staff veterinarian at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC), one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the country. She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for over nine years and has worked at wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country.
Renée is passionate about wildlife rehabilitation medicine and sharing her knowledge with others; over 50 veterinary students come to WRC each year to learn more about wildlife medicine. Additionally, Renée teaches veterinary technicians at Argosy University, is involved in teaching courses at the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine, and is on the National Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Association’s Board of Directors.
Lynne Slater CWR
Lynne began doing wildlife rehabilitation when she was 14. She volunteered at the Virginia Living Museum (then the Peninsula Nature and Science Center) with a keen interest in the educational aspect of wild animals. In college, Lynne chose to major in biology with a marine science emphasis. After a summer internship in the Florida Everglades, she realized that this passion would not be a career path for her and for many years, pursued a different path.
Fast forward, Lynne learned of wildlife rehabilitation when she lived in Wisconsin and sought out the training and permits to begin the passion she had put on hold so many years before. In 1998, she moved to Arkansas and founded HAWK Center (Helping Arkansas Wild “Kritters”). HAWK Center specializes in avian species and small mammals, especially critical care. Lynne is also a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation skills instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council since 2001.
Lee Theisen-Watt CWR
Lee Theisen-Watt majored in biology as a member the National Academic Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa. Animal care and behavior were a major focus of her life, and she began working with non-profit animal groups during college. Initially she worked with domestic animals as a volunteer at Operation Kindness, then with farm animals and avian wildlife at Samuell Farm and Roger’s Wildlife Rehabilitation. This led to her career in Wildlife Rehabilitation. After receiving her Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, her experience with wildlife increased rapidly while assuming leadership roles in her local community as well as national and international. Lee has continued her veterinary medical education by earning her CVA and practicing as a Veterinary Technician at the acclaimed North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic.
Currently Lee’s efforts focus on establishing APES Sanctuary for Primates founded 2010 in Mount Pleasant, Texas. APES will be among the leading Primate Sanctuaries in the country providing captive care of Chimpanzees and Lesser Apes. APES will play an important role in advancing the care of captive primates and promoting conservation.
Lisa Tretiak CWR
Lisa Tretiak, a founding member of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (PWRC), started her career in wildlife rehabilitation in 1994. In 1998, Lisa graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology from the University of Manitoba. She gained permanent employment in the wildlife rehabilitation field as a rehab supervisor, and later moved into the position of Rehabilitation Director.
From years of experience working with raptors and a successfully-completed training course, Lisa became permitted as a Master Bander for rehabilitated raptors. During the spring of 2008, Lisa became the first Manitoban and only the fourth person in Canada to be a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.