The animal welfare charity Born Free has recently launched a resource portal for veterinary professionals on its website, which provides information on how to provide veterinary care to British wildlife.
Prior to this resource becoming available, in July 2020 Born Free created a working group to consider the issue of wildlife casualties, and how it relates to veterinary care.
Ultimately, the overarching opinion held by the group was that the lack of knowledge held by veterinary professionals on wildlife healthcare was a limiting factor to the amount the veterinary surgeons and nurses could do to diagnose and treat an animal, owing to a lack of education and therefore confidence in the subject.
As a result of the discussions held by this group, Born Free has created an online resource hub for veterinary professionals and students, in order to boost knowledge of wildlife casualty treatment.
The hub currently consists of nine short video recordings produced by wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary professionals, alongside an information hub of links to relevant information and resources surrounding British wildlife. Aimed primarily at student veterinary surgeons and student veterinary nurses, the information hub intends to help provide a more concrete education in wildlife care.
The resource hub can be accessed at bornfree.org.uk/resources-for-vets