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Treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife casualties: legal and ethical aspects
  1. James Kirkwood

    James Kirkwood is Scientific Director of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. He is an RCVS Specialist in zoo and wildlife medicine.

  2. Richard Best

    Richard Best qualified from Liverpool in 1968 and, after eight years in Africa, he established, with his wife, a practice in the Bristol area. He has a particular interest in all aspects of avian medicine and surgery, including the care and welfare of wildlife casualties. He is the current chairman of the Steering Committee of the British Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.


THE treatment and rehabilitation of sick or injured wildlife presents the veterinary surgeon in practice with a number of dilemmas. In many cases treatment may well be possible, but can it always be justified? Here, James Kirkwood and Richard Best highlight the relevant legislation and discuss some of the ethical issues which need to be considered.

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