A Promising Start: Reflecting on Our Inaugural Wildlife Rehabilitation Training

A Promising Start: Reflecting on Our Inaugural Wildlife Rehabilitation Training

On November 11th, we embarked on an inspiring journey into the world of wildlife rehabilitation with our first-ever beginners’ training event. The turnout was heartwarming, and the engagement was profound as we delved into the delicate art and science of wildlife care.

The day was rich with learning, starting with a comprehensive session on intake and assessment protocols. Participants were given a detailed walkthrough of the initial steps involved in wildlife rehabilitation, setting the stage for what would be a deeply educational experience. We explored the nuances of capture, handling, and transport, crucial skills for ensuring the safety and well-being of both the animals and the rehabilitators.

Maintenance care was a major focus, where attendees learned the day-to-day requirements of different species in rehabilitation. The participants were introduced to the principles of beginning homeopathic medicine, an area of growing interest in wildlife care. We dived into the preparation and administration of remedies like Arnica, known for its properties to reduce trauma, Calendula for healing wounds, Bach’s Rescue Remedy for stress relief, and Hypericum for nerve pain.

Perhaps the most touching aspect of the day was the presence of young, eager faces, some of whom I recognized as my former veterinary students. Their familiar enthusiasm brought a wave of nostalgia and a renewed sense of hope for the future of wildlife rehabilitation. It was a vivid reminder of the continuous cycle of learning and teaching, and the importance of passing on knowledge to the next generation of wildlife caretakers.

As we wrapped up our session, the air was filled with a collective sense of accomplishment and anticipation for future trainings. The path forward for these novice rehabilitators is bright, and the dedication they have shown promises great strides in the care and conservation of wildlife.

For those who couldn’t join us but are interested in becoming a part of this rewarding field, more information is readily available. I encourage you to visit our website and click on the training tab at the top of the page to sign up and learn more about our upcoming sessions.

Together, we’re not just training rehabilitators; we’re nurturing the growth of a community dedicated to the noble cause of wildlife preservation. Join us in this mission, and be a part of a movement that nurtures both the wild we aim to protect and the human spirit that drives our conservation efforts.

David Angerstein


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