BY: Kristen Braitkrus UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
Who is this weirdo wearing a sheet, surgical mask, and gloves and what are they doing with that needle? Believe it or not, this is one of your friendly Wildlife Medical Clinic veterinary student volunteers! The patient this volunteer is treating is one that requires a very special dress code for a very special reason.
Springtime is an extremely busy time for the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Baby animals are brought in in droves to the Small Animal Clinic and veterinary student volunteers sign up for multiple shifts during the weekdays and weekends to keep these babies warm, clean and fed.
Last week, we shared some helpful tips on social media regarding how to manage your dog in your backyard if you find a rabbit’s nest. The post was shared with over 35,000 people on Facebook, and we were delighted to hear WIXY 100.3 sharing the information on their morning segment! Listen to the coverage by clicking ‘play’ on the black bar below:
Spring has certainly sprung in the clinic! We currently have several orphaned squirrels and bunnies that were brought in over the past week. Dr. Sander and some of these orphans made an appearance on ciLiving to share some great advice about what to do if you encounter apparently orphaned wildlife. Remember, babies have the best chance of survival if there is any way they can be kept with their mom! You can browse our website for resources on orphans of many native species here: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/wi…/wildlife-help-and-resources/