Rob Adamski DVM, CWRRobert Adamski is a native of Buffalo, New York and grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture, an associate of science degree in veterinary technology from Harcum College, as well as a bachelor of veterinary medicine and surgery degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Dr. Adamski completed two one year-long internships specializing in wildlife, zoo, exotic companion animal and aquarium medicine. He provides medical services for both wildlife and exotic pets, including dental work, surgical procedures, husbandry advice as well as nutritional and behavioral guidance. He has treated everything from poison dart frogs to bald eagles and every type of exotic animal in between. At New England Wildlife Center, Rob coordinates and directs the internship program which accepts undergraduate students, vet tech, and veterinary students from several different countries. Rob is the lead wildlife veterinarian for the Center and coordinates the care and release of hundreds of wild animals every year. He has spearheaded and participated in a number of humane wildlife research projects at the Center including investigations into the outbreaks of parvovirus & distemper; blood reference ranges for eastern gray squirrels and sarcoptic mange in red foxes. Furthermore, Dr. Adamski is involved with state-wide and regional efforts to assist and educate home-based wildlife rehabilitators. Off-duty, Dr. Adamski engages valiantly in a battle of wills while attempting to pacify and herd his two adorable and lovable rescued Canadian tortoiseshell cats. He enjoys hiking, reading and volunteering with the American Red Cross, as well as his local fire department as a first-aid/CPR instructor, firefighter and paramedic and serves in the US Army Reserves Veterinary Corps as a commissioned officer.
Kim Blomme RVT, CWRKim 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 CWRLloyd 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 CWRHalley 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
Christina Carrières, is a Registered Veterinary Technologist, a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (IWRC certification program), and the Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator (SWR) at the BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC) on Vancouver Island, BC. At Wild ARC, she leads a team of wildlife rehabilitation staff and volunteers where 2,500 wild patients are admitted and cared for every year. She is originally from Montréal, QC where she completed her VT program. She worked with marine mammals at the Parc Aquarium de Québec for some time before moving to Victoria in 2003 to complete a Double Major in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She has since been working as a part-time RVT in a veterinary clinic and has been a wildlife rehabilitator at Wild ARC since 2005. She moved in the full time SWR position in 2009. Christina is the Vice President for the Oiled Wildlife Society of BC, a Board Member and the Secretary for the Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Network of BC, the representative WRNBC trustee within the Oiled Wildlife Trust of British Columbia, and an instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. She also volunteers with Vets for Pets, a local organization that provides free basic medical care to low income and homeless people’s companion animals and with Canadian Animal Assistance Team. 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.