The British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) has issued guidelines for veterinary surgeons and wildlife professionals working in the field of British native wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

The BVZS feels the guidelines are needed because all vets are likely to be presented with injured or orphaned wildlife. Image from the article "Wild animal admissions: preparing your practice and staff" by Lucy Kells.
The BVZS feels the guidelines are needed because all vets are likely to be presented with injured or orphaned wildlife. Image from the article “Wild animal admissions: preparing your practice and staff” by Lucy Kells.

The society said the guidelines offer support to vets, vet nurses and wildlife rehabilitators to promote and achieve the best possible care and welfare for indigenous British wild animals in accordance with UK law.

Guidelines needed

One of the reasons the BVZS feels the guidelines are needed, it said, is because all veterinary surgeons in practice are at some point likely to be presented with injured or orphaned British wildlife.

In addition, full care to the point of successful release of suitable cases back to the wild requires good collaborative working relationships between veterinary professionals and wildlife rehabilitators.

Highly valued

BVZS president Mark Stidworthy said: “The rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife by veterinary surgeons and wildlife professionals is highly valued by the British public, making a positive contribution to local communities, the health and welfare of individual animals, and conservation.

“We hope these guidelines will inform best practice in this area and ensure its continued success.”

The full guidelines can be found on the BVZS’ website.

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