Injured wildlife have complex needs and often require several weeks of care. Licensed wildlife rehabilitators utilize their extensive knowledge, training, and experience to ensure these animals can go back to the wild and fulfill their role in the ecosystem. The Wildlife Medical Clinic (WMC) provides medical care to approximately 2,000 patients each year, representing more than 100 different species. Once the animal is medically cleared, we partner with wildlife rehabilitators to transition this animal back to the wild and optimize its chances for success thereafter. Some of our youngest patients present as healthy orphans, requiring assisted feedings, a warm safe environment, and a chance to learn their natural behaviors. Our partnership with licensed wildlife rehabilitators is most evident in these cases, as they are best able to provide a place for care and an eventual transition to the wild as the animal grows.
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:
Find this segment and others on the WIXY 100.3 website here: https://wixy.com/wixy-mornings/what-to-do-when-you-have-bunnies-in-the-backyard/
Read our full article about what to do if you find a rabbit here: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/wildlife/wildlife-help-and-resources/rabbits/