Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


First Aid First From Wellington Zoo Veterinarian

5 October 2005

First Aid First From Wellington Zoo Veterinarian

Wellington Zoo’s Veterinarian, Kerri Morgan and event partners, Clare Green and Jenny Youl will be hosting the first national Avian Wildlife First Aid seminar this month at venues around New Zealand.

The first of its kind in New Zealand, the three Vets began work on their idea one year ago while they worked at the Wildlife Ward of Massey University. They realised that many people were lacking the basic knowledge and skills to provide effective first aid to injured birds.

“Most birds that get hurt in New Zealand suffer from trauma because they’ve been hit by a car, flown into a window or caught in a leg trap intended for Possums,” says Kerri.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who want to come. It shows there’s a real need for this sort of information,” says Kerri.

Organising the seminars has been quite an undertaking. The Vets work full-time and have worked on the seminars in their spare time to set up venues, dates, write proceedings and seek funding.

Seminar delegates will spend the first half of their day attending lectures that discuss the legal issues, safety and handling and what to look for in traumatised birds to provide effective first aid in the first 24 hours of an accident. They will also learn about nutritional support, managing wounds and how to bandage fractures.

The second half of the day will involve hands-on experience so delegates can practice their skills on dead birds supplied by Massey University.

“One of the big issues for many Vets in New Zealand is who will pay if someone brings in an injured bird. At the moment, it’s up to the individual Vet as to what they charge,” says Kerri.

Funded by The Department of Conservation, Gribbles Vet Pathology and Shoof International (a veterinary product supplier), the seminars will tour through New Zealand with venues in Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Taupo and Auckland.

“We hope the seminars will bring people from similar industries together not only to learn about first aid for avian wildlife, but also to network and share their experiences for the benefit of everyone”, says Kerri.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


The Download Weekly: Vodafone FibreX back in court

Vodafone and the Commerce Commission head back to court over FibreX in a week the TCF issues broadband marketing codes that should avoid similar problems in the future... More>>

NIWA: Tonga Eruption Discoveries Defy Expectations
New findings from the record-breaking Tongan volcanic eruption are “surprising and unexpected”, say scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)... More>>

Commerce Commission: Appeals Record $2.25m Fine In Vodafone FibreX Case

The Commerce Commission has filed an appeal in the High Court against a record $2.25 million fine imposed on Vodafone NZ Limited (Vodafone) for its offending under the Fair Trading Act during its FibreX advertising campaign. While the sentence imposed in the Auckland District Court on April 14 was the largest-ever fine under the Fair Trading Act, the Commission will argue that it is manifestly inadequate... More>>

Stats: Quiet Start For Retail In 2022
The volume of retail sales was relatively unchanged in the March 2022 quarter, following a strong increase in the December 2021 quarter, Stats NZ said today... More>>

Finder: RBNZ Survey: 64% Of Experts Say Rising Inflation Will Push More Kiwis Into Debt

Soaring inflation and cost of living pressures will see many households pushed to the financial limit, according to experts... More>>

Barfoot & Thompson: Rents Up By Around 3% In Most Areas

The average weekly rent paid for homes in most areas of Auckland has risen by around 3 percent year-on-year. The figures for end March from more than 16,000 properties... More>>