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Treating wildlife casualties in practice
  1. Mark Stidworthy1,
  2. Michael Stanford2 and
  3. Liz Mullineaux3
  1. 1President, BVZS, International Zoo Veterinary Group, Station House, Parkwood Street, Keighley BD21 4NQ
  2. 2Past President, BVZS, The Pool House, Pool Lane, Tarvin, Cheshire CH3 8JY
  3. 3Secret World Wildlife Rescue, New Road, Highbridge, Somerset TA9 3PZ; e-mail:

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WE read with interest the recent short communication in Veterinary Record ‘Perceptions of responsibility and capability for treating wildlife casualties in UK veterinary practices’ (Barnes and Farnworth 2016). We were disappointed, but not surprised, that the authors found ‘knowledge/skills’ to be the greatest limiting factor for veterinary practices treating wildlife casualties. We therefore use this opportunity to draw colleagues' attention to the freely available sources of information relating to British wildlife care.

Although specific undergraduate training for British wildlife varies between UK veterinary schools, students have additional opportunities to learn about these species through evening and weekend lectures, often delivered by members of the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS). Wildlife has also recently been included in veterinary conferences, including those of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association …

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