In response to the ongoing plight of hedgehogs, BSAVA has released a new collection of resources to help veterinary professionals treat these much-loved animals in practice. The collection’s publication coincides with Hedgehog Awareness Week (1st–7th May), which aims to highlight the difficulties faced by hedgehogs and what we can do to help.
A variety of materials from Companion, BSAVA Congress, and the BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties have been chosen for the collection. Topics range from hand-rearing to anaesthesia to relevant legal questions and cover both hedgehogs and general wildlife casualties.
Liz Mullineaux, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Wildlife Medicine (Mammalian), Senior Vice President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society, and editor of the BSAVA Manual of Wildlife Casualties, explains:
‘Hedgehogs are the most common mammalian wildlife casualty seen by veterinary surgeons. Those caring for these animals have very variable knowledge and look to vets for appropriate help, advice, and clinical care. It’s therefore really important that vets and vet nurses in practice have some good information about hedgehogs to hand. As well as knowing about clinical conditions, a broader understanding of wildlife rehabilitation is essential. This collection provides those in practice with an excellent “hedgehog resource”.’
The collection can be accessed via the BSAVA Library here at £20.00 for BSAVA members or £45.00 for non-members.
For information on how to become a BSAVA member, visit: www.bsava.com/Membership