Fun for the Wild Child: Enrichment in Wildlife Rehabilitation (1532)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Animal Welfare
Sunday |  9:00 AM -  9:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217A



Heather Barron DVM
Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

Dr. Heather Barron received training in wildlife medicine and surgery through vet school and a residency at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she later became a tenured Associate Professor in the Zoological Medicine Service. After a decade at UGA, Dr. Barron obtained further international experience as Department Head of Clinical Medicine at St. Matthew's University, School of Veterinary Medicine in the Cayman Islands, where she was also the veterinarian for the Cayman Turtle Farm and Cayman Wildlife Rescue. She has served as a consultant for both IDEXX and Antech Imaging Services and is a former president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians. She has lectured and published extensively in the field of wildlife and exotic animal medicine. She is a board certified avian specialist and a licensed wildlife and sea turtle rehabilitator with over 20 years of experience in practicing and teaching avian and wildlife medicine. She lives on sunny Sanibel Island, FL with her husband and 3 young children.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


Hospitalized wildlife benefit from enrichment in a variety of ways that will contribute to successful rehabilitation and release. This class will focus on easy enrichment ideas that will stimulate natural behaviors in wildlife that commonly presents to veterinarians. Aside from ethical considerations, improved welfare for hospitalized wildlife through enrichment may serve to decrease stress, stimulate appetite, improve fitness, stimulate natural behaviors, and teach orphaned animals important survival skills. Enrichment can easily be integrated into even the busiest hospital and rehabilitation settings and is important for both short and long term wildlife patients.

Learning Objectives

1. Decreasing stress in wildlife through the use of enrichment

2. Improve post-release success in orphaned wildlife through enrichment

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