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October 2015


Wildlife into the veterinary curriculum:
a historic develpment in veterinary education
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"..sorry, but do we actually have many injured wild animals?"

In order to improve the wildlife situation in Ireland, it became obvious that we had to prove to the veterinary college and veterinary council of Ireland that there was a problem that needed solving. To this end WRI embarked on our first Irish Wildlife Health Survey of veterinary professionals.

This survey was an opportunity to gather valuable data to find out how many injured wild animals were seen by veterinary professionals over the course of a 12 month period, and allow for a better picture of any emerging infectious diseases which could have potentially disastrous consequences for animal production and wildlife in Ireland.  

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The 116 veterinary clinics who participated in this study, reported an estimated total of 2,989 animals seen in one year alone!

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(To read the full report published in the Veterinary Ireland Journal Click Here)

This data was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the real numbers of wildlife casualties out there. It was now obvious that veterinary professionals needed to be taught about wildlife.

University College Dublin's School of Veterinary Medicine invited us in to teach!

After discussions with the exotics and physiology lecturer in UCD; David Kilroy, and wildlife enthuisiast and Technical Officer - Catherine McCarney; WRI were delighted to be invited to give a 3hr practical/wet-lab session to UCD vet students.

UCD's vet college is the only Veterinary School on the island of Ireland. Exotics is taught in the veterinary curriculum but this was the first time wildlife treatment and first aid was specifically requested. Tina Swindle, Lilian Collier and Rania Mikhail, all RVN's, had their hands full teaching 60 enthusiastic vet students.

Many of the students were keen to learn more and no doubt we'll be seeing some of their faces at one of our future IWRC Wildlife Courses.

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We want to extend a huge thank you to a few people in particular in UCD for this exciting development: David, Catherine, and Maxwell Bergmann (vet student and founder of the new UCD Wildlife Society). To Tina, Lilian and Rania for teaching, and to Yvette Durcan and Clyde Hutchinson for their work on the survey.

 

 


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