February 22nd is #NationalWildlifeDay – Do you treat wildlife?

Lisa Tynan February 22, 2021 Animal Hospitals Share

What does your clinic do if someone brings in sick wildlife?

February 22nd is the late Steve Irwin’s birthday, and so #NationalWidlifeDay (originally September 4th) was expanded to include today as a way to honor his legacy. How does this relate to you in the veterinary field? Well, every state has different laws regarding who can medically treat what kind of animal and when. Does your vet clinic have a wildlife plan in place for when someone comes in asking for help with a sick or injured wild animal that they’ve found? The AVMA has put together a helpful resource to help you decide how to proceed.


“We don’t own the planet Earth, we belong to it. And we must share it with our wildlife.”

-Steve Irwin

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