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. In 1989 she founded the Alberta Bird Rescue Association. This wild bird rehabilitation centre was run 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. WildNorth 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.
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