CROW Helps Publish Wildlife Medicine Textbook

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CROW staff helped provide photos and information for the first textbook to cover North American wildlife rehabilitative medicine on a broad scale. Front row: Brian Bohlman, Missy Fox, Heather Barron, Yvette Carrasco. Back Row: Amy Kowalski, Katie Mueller, Morgan Hester.

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife Medical & Research Director, Dr. Heather Barron, DVM, DABVP (Avian), CertAqV, is an editor and author for the first textbook to cover North American wildlife rehabilitative medicine on a broad scale. The book was recently published and is now available for veterinarians who treat wildlife, rehabilitators, wildlife health officials, policy makers, wildlife biologists and students with an interest in wildlife health.

Medical Management of Wildlife Species: A Guide for Practitioners offers an all-encompassing resource for reliable information on the medical management of wild birds, mammals, amphibians, and turtles. Focusing on the medical information relevant to the wildlife setting, it covers triage, emergency care, and other key considerations in handling, diagnosing, and treating wild animals. The book’s population-based approach encourages practitioners to understand individual animal care within the broader context.

As human populations expand, conflicts with wildlife species are inevitable and the number of wild animals presenting to wildlife centers and veterinary hospitals is increasing. Having a textbook helps to set a standard of care and provide a ready reference for those professionals working to help these animals return to the wild.

“At CROW, we work really hard to be on the cutting edge of wildlife health. As a teaching institution, it’s important to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and promote wildlife health in every way that we can,” says Dr. Heather Barron. “The book culminates several years of hard work by our current staff, former interns, colleagues, research collaborators, and friends in the field and we couldn’t be more pleased to see it finally come to fruition!”

Other editors of the textbook include Sonia M. Hernandez, DVM, DACZM, PhD, Professor of Wildlife for the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia; Erica A. Miller, DVM, CWR, Adjunct Associate Professor of Wildlife Medicine for the Department of Clinic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Roberto F. Aguilar, DVM, Dip. ECZM (Zoo Health Management), European Recognized Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management), Veterinarian for Tucson Wildlife Center; and Michael J. Yabsley, MS, PhD, FRES, Professor of Wildlife for the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Department of Population Health, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. The authors include premier wildlife veterinarians. at major veterinary medical schools in the United States, wildlife hospitals, and zoological institutions. The book is published by Wiley-Blackwell.

About Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
Established in 1968, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is a teaching hospital saving the sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond.  Through state-of-the-art veterinary care, public education programs and an engaging visitor center, CROW works to improve the health of the environment, humans and our animals through wildlife medicine. For more information, or to plan your visit, go to http://www.crowclinic.org. If you find an animal that is in need of help, call (239) 472-3644 ext. #222.

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