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What is silvadene?

Medication used to treat serious burns.


A rescuer brings a koala to you with 20% of it's body burnt.

What is the prognosis?

Bad, although animal might pull through


How would the location of a burn effect the chance of rehabilitation for an animal?

Functional regions such as the hands or feet. As well as the mouth and lungs.


How would you treat an animal that is in shock?

- fluids
- pain relief
- antibiotics
- kilojoules


What are the factors impacting successful repair of a raptor bone?

- bone that is broken
- location of the fracture
- nature of the fracture
- number of fractures
- surroundings soft tissue injuries
- other injuries


What is a raptor?

A bird of prey

Hawks, falcons, eagles, owls


Step for rehabilitation of a raptor.

1. Assessment
2. Medical/ surgical
3. Recovery
4. Return to fitness
5. Release


A koala comes into your clinic with 33% of it's body burnt.

What is your prognosis?

Worse than bad. Animal probably will not make it.


Who do you want on your animal rescue team?

1. Conservation biologist
2. Wildlife veterinarian
3. Wildlife rehabilitation representative
4. Spokesperson
5. Fire supervisor


You should supply animal rescuers with:

1. Training
2. Food
3. Water
4. Counselling (maybe)


Who are the stakeholders in animal rehabilitation?

1. The animals
2. Public who find animals
3. Wildlife agencies
4. Carers
5. Veterinarians
6. The media


A koala comes into the clinic with 50% burns to its body.

What is your prognosis?

Will not make it. Consider euthanasia.


What happens to feral species that are brought into your clinic?

They must be destroyed.


A wedge tailed eagle comes into your clinic. It has a disease. Should you rehabilitate this animal?

Afflicted animals should not be rehabilitated as you could introduce the pathogen to new environments.


Outline the passage of air through a bird.

(First breath) Nostrils -> choanal slit -> trachea -> syrinx -> branched bronchi -> caudal thoracic/abdominal air sacs -> lungs -> tertiary bronchi -> air capillaries -> (second breath!) cranial thoracic/intercalvicular air sacs -> trachea -> exhalation


Air sacs are connected to the air filled bones within birds.




How many air sacs do birds have?

7-9 depending on the species

Two posterior thoracic
Two abdominal
Two anterior thoracic
Two cervical (not present in some species)
One interclavicular


Lunney compared the survival rates of uninjured and rehabilitated koalas and showed what?

Rehabilitation contributes to the regeneration of populations after fires.


What were the major causes of death for koalas in the study by Lunney?

1. Dogs (4 rehabilitated, 3 unburnt)
2. Old Age (3 koalas)
3. Miscellaneous (5 koalas)
4. Unknown (3 koalas)


The study by Holz on raptor rehabilitation showed?

Birds trained with falconry techniques gained weight and were more successful than birds trained with stimulated flight in cage.


Of the falconry trained birds how many gained weight post release?

3/6 peregrine falcons, 4/4 brown goshawks


Of the cage stimulated birds how many gained weight post release?

0/9 peregrine falcons, 2/8 brown goshawks


How is post exercise blood lactate levels a good indicator of fitness level?

The higher blood lactate reading the less fit the bird.
200 mg/dl = unfit