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Schedule

Saturday, October 17

7:00 - 8:00
Registration
8:00 - 8:30
Welcome / Announcements
8:30 - 9:45

AUDITORIUM

"Ring Ring" Using Your Smartphone As A Diagnostic Tool ~~Erica Miller, DVM

What’s the most valuable piece of diagnostic equipment for our wildlife patients? Smart phones! While rehabilitators have always been good about using telephones to call colleagues for help diagnosing problems, smart phones have turned phones into great diagnostic tools. This presentation describes how to use phones for species identification and aging, how to take photos through a microscope (and available tools and apps to help with that), how to take photos of x-rays, and how to photograph wounds. The talk also demonstrates some of the gadgets and websites available to help get even more from your phone as a diagnostic tool.

CLASSROOM

Baby Bird Nutrition ~~Robyn Graboski

9:45 - 11:00

AUDITORIUM

Wounds And Wound Care ~~Len Donato, VMD

Trauma is the most common presentation you see as a rehabilitator. Knowing what happens at a wound will allow you to have a better understanding of your patient. Then the best therapy can be incorporated in your treatment plan. We will discuss options for treatment as well and the science behind them.

CLASSROOM

Baby Bird Nutrition ~~Robyn Graboski

11:15 - 12:30

AUDITORIUM

Avian Diseases Encountered In Wildlife Rehabilitation  ~~Erica Miller, DVM

This presentation address common illnesses for which North American birds are commonly presented to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.  The format provides a quick reference for information regarding the cause, transmission, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases, including those that are zoonotic. Sample cases are presented in this overview; references for additional information is provided.

CLASSROOM

Phone Networking  ~~Sue DeArment

How to set up a phone network system that allows people who want to volunteer, but apprehensive about working with wild animals, to work from home and indirectly help the animals and the staff at the rehabilitation center.

Thinking outside of the box started phone networking, which significantly reduced the number of calls that the staff at a rehabilitation center had to answer. Other benefits included reducing the number of animals that were taken out of the wild that should have been left alone, educating concerned people about the natural behavior of wild animals and arranging for those animals that actually need help to be brought to the rehabilitation center in a timely manner.

This presentation tells of the processes one center in Pennsylvania dealt with handling phone calls that ended up being a win-win situation for all involved.

1:30 - 2:45

AUDITORIUM

Essential Techniques For Every Rehabilitator  ~~Len Donato, VMD

We will review medical techniques for different species. While you may have done some of these procedures, knowing the medicine and details behind them will shed a new light on your technique.

CLASSROOM

Squirrel Rehab – Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun!  ~~Jill Argall

Squirrels are nature’s acrobats! They just want to have fun. This talk will cover weaning, solid diets, and common illnesses that can delay their progress in rehab. We will also discuss vital enrichment and how to keep your caging interesting and fun.

3:00 - 5:00

AUDITORIUM

Caring For Ourselves As We Care For Our Animals  ~~Mary Beth Mannarino Ph.D.

In this program, we will examine what is means to be a wildlife rehabilitator – motivations for doing the work, ways in which the work enriches our lives, and the challenges of dealing with life and death decisions on an ongoing basis. Participants will have the opportunity to do hear from peers, reflect about their own experiences, and learn ways of preventing or dealing with compassion fatigue and of caring for oneself

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Sunday, October 18

7:00 - 8:00
Registration
8:00 - 8:30
Welcome / Announcements
8:30 - 9:45

AUDITORIUM

Birds: Super Athletes  Of The Animal Kingdom  ~~Dr. Jamie Lindstrom, DVM

In this program we will look at physiology and anatomy of Avian species and discuss specializations in evolutionary development from mammals and point out examples in the bird world on how these advantages are used.

CLASSROOM

Porcupines  ~~Kathy Uhler

9:45 - 11:00

AUDITORIUM

Avian Opthalmology -- Dr. Jamie Lindstrom, DVM

A birds eye view of the world. In this program we will cover anatomy and physiology of the avian eye and will discuss some of the problems commonly seen in wildlife rehab with birds.

CLASSROOM

Trauma Rehabilitation In Reptiles --Adrienne Breaux, DVM & Jennifer Hendricks, DVM

A discussion on the most common reptile trauma and infectious diseases seen in a rehabilitation setting.

11:15 - 12:30

AUDITORIUM

Disaster Preparedness -- Kathy Uhler

Everyone should have a disaster plan in place at their facility (and will soon be a USDA requirement!)

CLASSROOM

Introduction To Insectivorous Bat Rehabilitation -- Stephanie Stronsick

This program is a general overview of essential topics regarding bat rehabilitation. We will discuss species identification, temporary housing, enrichment, nutrition, feeding techniques, infant care, behavior, release, diagnosis and treatment of native insectivorous bats.

1:30 - 2:45

AUDITORIUM

How And Why A Vaccine Works: Basic Immunology -- Devonna "Sue" Shoemaker, Phd

Immunology is a science that is rapidly evolving. Scientists are learning daily more about how the human immune system works. Unfortunately, immunology in animals, especially wild animals, is less researched unless it has human impacts. I will present the basic concepts of how the immune system works discussing T-cells, B-cells, and antibodies (immunoglobulins) and thus illustrate how vaccination works in animals. I will also discuss innate immunity and its importance.

CLASSROOM

Fostering For Freedom -- Peggy Hentz

25 years of success (and failures) in an all-species rehabilitation setting. How individual species imprint and “tame” and what steps can you take to keep them wild? Did you know weasels bond to smell? A wild deer can foster your fawns?

3:00 - 5:00

CLASSROOM

Fundraising Roundtable -- Peggy Hentz & Leah Stallings

Bring one or two of your best (an worst) fundraising ideas to share. Networking ideas leads to everyone's success.

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