Perth hosting conference on wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

The Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation conference at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC) from 11 to 13 August 2023 will be wide ranging in its reach of topics, from care of injured fauna to planning for emergencies and the contribution of volunteers.

Presentations will deal with challenges faced and overcome during Covid-19 and other emergencies such as bushfires and floods. Also, innovation in wildlife medicine and rehabilitation.

Presentations on days one and two will be at the PCEC and will be available via zoom for those unable to travel to Perth. Morning presentations on day three will also be at the PCEC.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit two Perth-based wildlife rehabilitation facilities as part of day three excursion packages.

The keynote speakers are: wildlife veterinarian and TV presenter Dr Michelle Oakley, on international wildlife rehabilitation; Louise Bonomi from Animals Australia on wildlife advocacy; and nature photographer Georgina Stytler on using photography for wildlife conservation.

Fire first aid for fauna and treating burnt paws of critically endangered Western Ringtail Possums are among the topics. Understanding and treating starvation and refeeding syndrome in Australian wildlife and quantifying post trauma stress in kangaroos and other macropods are other subjects in an informative and interest-filled program.

There is also a focus on the changing landscape of volunteering in Western Australia, the value of proactive training and education in animal welfare and how wildlife ambassadors support rehabilitation.

Further details here.