WA is home to a wide variety of beautiful wildlife species.
When these animals are sick, injured or orphaned, they deserve the best care. Due to the immense size of our State, many veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitators, particularly those in regional WA, have limited access to resources and useful information. Veterinary clinics in the regions usually receive patients from a large catchment area. Not all staff are familiar in dealing with wildlife nor do they have the facilities for housing these animals for a period of recovery. Wildlife rehabilitators on the other hand have the capacity to house injured wildlife but have limited access to veterinarians (sometimes for several days), leaving animals without basic treatment such as pain relief.
In an exciting new initiative, WA Wildlife is launching the WA Wildlife Resource Portal, a free online platform to connect veterinary clinics and wildlife rehabilitators across the state of Western Australia. The Portal will provide the opportunity for veterinarians and wildlife rehabilitation practitioners to communicate regardless of distance to ensure the best possible care for injured wildlife. This is of crucial importance in emergency situations such as bushfires.
In addition to the communication aspect of the Portal, a library of online training resources and specific information relating to treatment and rehabilitation is currently being developed.
The Portal will provide vital support to those operating in isolation across the State. Having the opportunity to communicate with other practitioners and receive advice immediately regardless of distance allows sharing of advice on what works best in specific situations. The Portal provides a mechanism for networking amongst practitioners who may otherwise feel isolated due to the tyranny of distance.
How the Portal works?
• Connects veterinary clinics and wildlife rehabilitators across Western Australia.
• Allows members to post requests for assistance/information.
• Allows members to access a map of veterinary clinics and wildlife rehabilitation practitioners.
• Allows prompt access for assistance during emergencies.
• Improves the outcomes for injured wildlife during “peace time”.
• Provides access to a library of training and information resources.
How to sign up?
The Portal was developed with funding and support from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals International (SPCAI).