Appendix 2

BASIC SKILLS

It is suggested that each unit ensures that senior personnel are competent in performing techniques involved in wildlife rehabilitation and that they have received instruction from their attending veterinary practice and also, possibly, by enrolling on various courses of practical instruction.

A list of basic techniques should include:-

Handling and restraint - various species.
Hand rearing of dependent young.
Wound management.
Bandaging techniques.
Administration of medication.
Administration of fluids.
Hygiene practices to prevent spread of infectious diseases. Euthanasia.

Knowledge of the natural history and normal behaviour of the species being handled should also be

It is suggested that units maintain a basic reference library and a list of contacts with specialist knowledge.

There are a number of courses available and details of many of these are available on the BWRC