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Irish Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference 2018

An fhiadhúlra athshlánúcháin chomhdháil na hireann 7 CVE credits


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Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is delighted to invite you all to our
Irish Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference 2018

27th October | Slane, Co Meath


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Programme – Saturday 27th October 2018

Venue Rock Farm, Slane, Co Meath
Delegates Open Attendance



Registration & Coffee


Five reasons why it's worth rescuing wildlife

Pete Wedderburn


That wild animal looks injured, what do I do? Primary assessment, triage and first aid of wildlife casualties

Elizabeth Mullineaux


Rescue and rehabilitation of seals

David Couper




How to assess, treat and care for avian casualties (Swans, gulls, pigeons and corvids)

Emma Keeble


Care and rearing of neonates

Pauline Kidner


Lunch & Exhibitions


Release: general and species specific release conditions

Joanna Hedley 


Wildlife casualty case study discussions - specific to Ireland Kieran Corry



Wildlife casualty case study discussions - general

All speakers

4.45 Stepping into our fogotten roles as guardians of the earth Mary Reynolds

5.15 - 5.30

Raffle & close





WRI are delighted to welcome the following guest speakers to our Conference:


  • Kieran Corry

Kieran’s wildlife interest started at the age of 4 when he asked for a bird guide and a pair of binoculars for Christmas. As a profession he initially intended to become a marine mammal vet and did an externship with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in the USA which included a capture and health assessment of wild bottlenose dolphins. After realising that marine mammal veterinary meant either research or working at sea world, Kieran quickly changed his mind about this career idea.

After graduating with first class honours from University College Dublin in 2005 he worked in a busy large and small animal practice in County Tyrone.

During breaks from working in practice, Kieran did voluntary work with Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education, and Safety in Peru, and Pilpintuwasi Wildlife Rescue - a wildlife rescue and temporary custody centre located on 20 hectares of land 20 minutes outside Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon. Pilpintuwasi is dedicated to protecting animals affected by the poaching and trafficking industry which thrives in Iquitos.

To pursue this interest in the small animal field, particularly orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery, he moved to Birmingham to work in a progressive small animal practice where he expanded his skills. After moving back to Ireland in 2010, Kieran wanted to work in a practice that offered the highest standard of equipment and an ethos for veterinary care that matched his own. To this end, he now commutes from Tyrone to work in Clontarf Veterinary Hospital in Dublin.

On return to practice he took on any wildlife cases that came his way and rehabilitated them himself but was limited due to lack of proper facilities until he met Dan Donoher from Kildare Animal Foundation (KAF). Kieran is now able to concentrate on the veterinary treatment of Irish wildlife and leave KAF and Hedgehog Rescue Dublin to do the rehabilitation.His main wildlife workload involves surgical and medical treatment of traumatic injuries caused by humans.


  • David Couper

David has been the wildlife veterinary officer at the RSPCA's West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Somerset for the past 13 years, where he mainly works with native wildlife. David also works with companion animals in the Domestic Centre which deals with Inspectorate-generated animals - cruelty cases, abandonments etc.
David graduated from Glasgow in 1996 and worked in mixed practice for about 5 years, and did an MSc in Wild Animal Health at the Royal Veterinary College / Institute of Zoology.

David has been to Canada a couple of times to do voluntary work on a Swift Fox reintroduction program, and has written the fox and bat chapter, and co-authored the otter chapter, for the 2nd edition of the BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties.


  • Joanna Hedley

Jo qualified from Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in 2003 and spent time in mixed, small animal, exotic and wildlife practice before undertaking a residency in Exotic Animal and Wildlife medicine back at R(D)SVS where she obtained her RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine.
She is currently a RCVS specialist in Zoological and Wildlife medicine and European specialist in herpetological medicine. She joined the Royal Veterinary College in 2014 as Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery. She is based at the Royal Veterinary College in Camden, where she is leads the exotics clinical service and is developing student teaching of exotic species.


  • Emma Keeble

Emma graduated from the University of Bristol in 1994 and gained initial experience in a mixed veterinary practice, before becoming a wildlife veterinarian for the RSPCA and then operating a small animal exotic referral service.
In 1999 she joined the University of Edinburgh Exotic Animal and Wildlife Service as a Resident in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and obtained the RCVS certificate in Zoological Medicine. She then gained the post of Lecturer within the Service teaching veterinary students and lecturing in exotic animal, zoo and wildlife medicine. She gained her RCVS Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) in 2006 and achieved specialist status in 2007, one of only a handful of UK vets to hold these qualifications.
She lectures to veterinary professionals nationally and internationally on exotic pet, zoo and wildlife medicine. She is published widely in veterinary books on exotic pets, wildlife casualties, reptile neurology and rabbit neurology, and has edited books on rabbit, ferret and rodent medicine and surgery and wildlife casualties. She is responsible for the Wildlife Emergency Clinic at Edinburgh Vet
school, which takes in wildlife casualties and emergencies brought in by the public. This is the first such clinic in the UK and provides a unique teaching opportunity for students, nursing staff and veterinary residents as well as providing triage and first aid to British Wildlife.


  • Pauline Kidner

Secret World was located at New Road farm which was originally a dairy farm ran by Pauline Kidner and her husband, After opening the farm to the general public in 1984, people started to bring orphan and injured wildlife to her. Pauline started a charity to help with the ever increasing cost of caring for wildlife and in 2000, the tourist attraction closed and Secret World became purely a wildlife and rescue centre.

Pauline is known particularly for her work with badgers having done rehabilitation of this species since 1992. As an ex farmer, she wanted to ensure that the rehabilitation of badgers was responsible. Working with government scientists, she started testing orphan badger cubs using the test available at the time and has been involved the creation of the Rehabilitation Policy for Badgers together with RSPCA and the Badger Trust.
The charity, which is run purely on donations, cares for over 5,000 wildlife casualties annually. Pauline is the Founder and Advisor for Secret World Wildlife Rescue.


  • Elizabeth Mullineaux

Liz Mullineaux BVM&S, DVM&S, CertSHP, MRCVS, has worked for over twenty years in first opinion veterinary practice, most recently as a director of a small animal veterinary hospital in Somerset. During this time she developed an interest in British wildlife medicine and in 2011 completed a clinical doctorate looking at ‘The factors affecting the rehabilitation and release of adult badger casualties’.

Liz has contributed to several veterinary texts and journals, and spoken at national and international conferences on the subjects of wildlife veterinary care, badgers and tuberculosis.
For many years Liz has worked closely with Secret World Wildlife Rescue and is currently employed as Scientific Advisor to this charity.


  • Mary Reynolds

Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland is delighted to have the well known nature activist and landscape designer Mary Reynolds as Patron promoting the value of our work, in particular, our vision to build Ireland’s first Wildlife Rehabilitation & Teaching Hospital.

Mary designs gardens that marry the needs and wishes of the lands guardian with the needs and wishes of the land itself. With her roots in natural gardening theory, Mary seeks to create spaces that are healing, truthful and magical.

A Chelsea flower show gold medal winner, Mary has designed gardens internationally for more than 17 years, including commissions in Kew Royal botanical gardens in London as well as occasional stints of garden television presenting for RTE and BBC.

Mary has recently published a comprehensive and ground – breaking book; The Garden Awakening. Her new approach to garden design is a practical treasure map that leads gardeners into a gentle and healing relationship with the land. This beautiful book is a step by step instruction manual drawing on ancient methods of working with the land and using them to invite the power and energy of nature back into your life and surround your house and life in its life giving healing embrace. A feature length film: Dare To Be Wild based on Mary’s true life story made by Irish director Vivienne de Courcey, was released in 2016.

  • Pete Wedderburn

Pete Wedderburn (BVM&S CertVR MRCVS) qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985. He has worked in his own 4-vet companion animal practice, BrayVet, in Bray, County Wicklow, since 1991, but spends 50% of his working week on media work.
Pete has a passion for communicating his love of his work through writing, radio, television and the internet. His mission is to use the media to act as an advocate on behalf of animals.

He has authored four books to date. The first book is titled My Dog Thinks He's Human, and the second is called My Cat Is Ignoring Me. Both books include some of his most helpful tips, and they are illustrated with hilarious cartoons by Per Jose Karlen. His third book Pete Wedderburn’s Healthy Pets was aimed at young people taking up pet keeping. His fourth book was published in April and is called 'Pet Subjects: Animal Tales from The Telegraph's Resident Vet'.
He has an active Facebook page as "Pete the Vet", Tweets as @petethevet and he is one of the top three online veterinary influencers in the UK.


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General Public Or anyone NOT claiming CVE credits

€75 (65 GBP)

Concession Retired, rehabilitators, unemployed, students (Proof of eligibility will be required)

€50 (44 GBP)

Veterinary Nurse If claiming CVE credits

€100 (87 GBP)

Veterinary Surgeon If claiming CVE credits

€150 (130 GBP)

Fee includes:
lunch (vegetarian soup & sandwiches)
morning and afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits breaks
delegate pack - magazines, brochures and wildlife information
WRI Certificate of participation

This course has been accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland
for 7 CVE credits



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Venue: Rock Farm, Slane, County Meath, Ireland


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