Australian Wildfire & Wildlife Insights

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Save the date for a continuing education webinar series presented by Drs. Michelle Campbell-Ward and Bree Talbot.

This program is pending approval for 2 hours of continuing education for veterinarians and veterinary nurses in jurisdictions that recognize Australian Veterinary Association VetEd approval OR American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Continuing Education (RACE) approval.

Date: Sunday, September 26
Time: 3 pm AEST (Sydney, New South Wales)
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Abstract

The 2019/2020 wildfires put the plight of Australian wildlife and the realities of climate change on the international stage. This live, interactive, distance-learning event will consist of two, 1-hour seminars that explore the impact of Australian bushfires on wildlife.

  • Part 1, presented by Dr Talbot, explores the basics of patient assessment and triage as well as management of pain, smoke inhalation, and burns for the unique species found in Australia. The basis of the first part of this presentation is to provide information to veterinarians about assessing and treating Australian wildlife and the considerations that must be given to the unique species within Australia. Australian marsupials have some important differences compared to domestic animals and livestock, which some practitioners may not be aware of and may inadvertently do more harm than good when trying to help.  The presentation will cover:
    • Personal safety
    • Species knowledge
    • Equipment needed
    • Patient evaluation/Triage
    • Physical examination
    • Classifying burns
    • When to euthanize
    • Fluid therapy for various species
    • Pain management for various species
    • Smoke inhalation
    • Burn treatment regime
    • Recovery and finally
    • Environmental stewardship as a multimodal approach to treating wildlife.
  • Part 2 will summarize Dr Campbell-Ward’s research evaluating the key rescue/rehabilitation-related wild animal welfare outcomes and ethical dilemmas encountered during the 2019/2020 Australian ‘black summer’ bushfires. The 2019/2020 wildfires put the plight of Australian wildlife and the realities of Anthropocene-related climate change on the international stage. In the often resource- and attention-poor field of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, offers of financial and well-meaning practical help were abundant. As the world grappled with a sense of collective ecological grief, veterinarians and wildlife rescuers were placed under immense pressure to achieve positive outcomes with unprecedented levels of traditional and social media exposure. The project has generated a suite of interesting results of relevance to large scale wildlife rehabilitation efforts, veterinary and animal care worker mental health and resilience, the influence of the media in disasters, compliance with established Codes of Practice and interagency/ stakeholder communication. To conclude, there will be a discussion centred around how the research results might be and are being incorporated into natural disaster preparedness plans for the future.

 

About the presenters

Michelle Campbell-Ward is a Senior Program and Policy Officer for Animal Welfare in the Department of Regional New South Wales (NSW). She has also worked as a zoo and wildlife veterinarian with the Taronga Conservation Society, based in Dubbo NSW, since 2008. Michelle studied zoology and veterinary medicine at the University of Sydney… [Learn more].

Bree Talbot joined the team at Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital in 2020, where she leads Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital. Bree was previously an Associate Veterinarian at the University of Sydney’s Avian, Reptile, and Exotic Pet Hospital and the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre, where she worked for 6 years… [Learn more].

 

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Webinar FAQ

How do I view the live webinar event?

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email via vetinfo@lafeber.com. To access the webinar on September 26, simply select the URL link in the confirmation email.

When entering the webinar “room”, you will be prompted to download webinar service software. This software can be downloaded immediately before the webinar or right now to ensure a pleasant, viewing experience.

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Do I need special equipment to view and listen to a webinar?
All you need is a computer (or similar device) with an internet connection. Provided your computer has speakers (can you listen to music?) you will be able to view and listen to the webinar.

To enter the webinar “room”, you will be prompted to download webinar service software. This software can be downloaded immediately before the webinar or right now to ensure a pleasant viewing experience.

What web browsers are recommended?
Recommended browsers include Internet Explorer 8 or greater, Mozilla Firefox 3 or greater, Google Chrome or Safari 4 or later. Adobe® Flash® Player 11.3 or later must be installed.

What if I’d like to view the course on a mobile device?
Apps for viewing the webinar are available for Apple devices and Android devices.

Will I be able to ask questions?
If you attend the live webinar event, you will be able to ask questions by typing into the Q+A field on the webinar screen. The speaker will read out and answer as many of these questions as possible. Questions not addressed during the live webinar will be answered by email at a later date, then posted on this webinar page.

What happens if I miss the live webinar?
A recording of the live event  will be available for viewing at a later date pending approval by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.

Additional questions or concerns?
Please contact LafeberVet at vetinfo@lafeber.com.

 

Approval pending

This program is pending approval for 2 hours of continuing education development for veterinarians and veterinary nurses in jurisdictions that recognize Australian Veterinary Association VetEd or AAVSB RACE approval.

To cite this page:

Cambell-Ward M, Talbot B. Australian wildfire and wildlife insights. LafeberVet web site. June 26, 2021. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/australian-wildfire-wildlife-insights/