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Veterinary care of the hedgehog
  1. Ian Robinson

    Ian Robinson qualified from Bristol in 1975. After 15 years in mixed practice, he joined the RSPCA to run the RSPCA Norfolk Wildlife Hospital, near King's Lynn, which admits around 5000 casualties a year. He holds certificates in sheep health and production and in zoological medicine.

  2. Andrew Routh

    Andrew Routh qualified from Liverpool in 1981. He developed an interest in wildlife while working in general practice and, in 1994, joined the RSPCA to set up a wildlife hospital and cattery at Stapeley Grange, Cheshire. He worked there until 1998, gaining the certificate in zoological medicine in 1997. Since then he has been working in wildlife rehabilitation around the world. He is currently involved in raptor rehabilitation in India.


THE European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) is probably the most frequently treated wild mammal in Britain. Its small size, relative tolerance of human interference and non-aggressive nature make it an ideal species for rehabilitators. The wide range of clinical problems encountered also make it a fascinating subject for the veterinarian.

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