Every Bird Matters
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September 12, 2013

A window into wildlife rehab for vet students

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Dr. Rebecca Duerr (second from left) coaching veterinary students in physical examination and fluid administration skills in a hands-on lab at the NWRA Wildlife Medicine Course

Our veterinarian, Dr. Rebecca Duerr, spent this past weekend enjoying the hospitality of Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind. while co-teaching the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association’s Wildlife Medicine Course with Dr. Erica Miller. Forty-four 1st– to 3rd-year veterinary students learned about the legalities of working with wildlife, what rehabilitation is all about and how it differs from domestic animal practice. Other topics covered in lectures and hands-on labs included physical examination, triage and critical care, bandaging, orphan care, wildlife nutrition, common medical problems of reptiles, and common diseases of wild mammals and birds. All-in-all, it was a busy but productive weekend!

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