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Veterinary medical evaluation, triage, monitoring and treatment

Medical evaluation and monitoring of each animal throughout the rehabilitation process is integral to the success of the wildlife response. Each animal is given a physical exam upon admission to the rehabilitation facility. The packed cell volume and total proteins in the animal's blood are evaluated, as well as weight and general behavior.

IBRRC standard medical protocols will be followed as the animals require additional treatment. Euthanasia of severely injured or suffering non-endangered or non-threatened animals will be performed by trained IBRRC personnel.

The lead veterinarian will direct all medical care and coordinate the handling and treatment of the animals with the rehabilitation coordinator. IBRRC will work with and coordinate volunteer veterinarians and medical assistants as needed. IBRRC will organize and arrange interactions with laboratories, local veterinary hospitals and medical supply companies as appropriate.

Triage decisions will be based on established IBRRC protocols and all triage will be approved by state and federal agencies. The RP will be informed of all triage decisions prior to triage being performed.

Wildlife dietary planning, preparation, support

IBRRC will follow established wildlife diets and feeding protocols. Food supplies such as frozen fish or bags of prepared animal diets will be located and obtained by IBRRC personnel.

Pre-release medical/physical evaluation

Each animal is monitored throughout its stay at the facility. Our medical staff will follow IBRRC's established release criteria when evaluating each animal for potential release.
Post-release studies & follow-up (when applicable)
All birds are federally banded prior to release. As time and resources permit, IBRRC will work with researchers, agencies and others to develop appropriate post-release studies. IBRRC will report all post-release recoveries to the RP as they are discovered.

Volunteer/work force recruitment, training, management

IBRRC will direct all aspects of volunteer recruitment, training and management. It will work with the RP to establish a hotline for volunteers. IBRRC's volunteer coordinator will provide the initial orientation for volunteers. Following orientation, the volunteers are briefed by IBRRC's safety officer. The briefing consists of a review of the site safety plan for that facility, OSHA safety requirements, a review of the appropriate material safety data sheet (MSDS), and proper training for the use and disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE). The orientation and safety briefing typically lasts one hour. Volunteers are then issued PPE and a copy of IBRRC's Volunteer Manual, which contains all the information that is presented in the orientation.
IBRRC requires volunteers to sign a liability release form, which explains they are responsible for their own welfare as they choose to be there. This however will not serve as a true release form. The RP or federal or state agency which is taking the lead on the spill is also expected to provide each volunteer with a release form.
Volunteers are supervised and receive on-the-job training throughout the day by IBRRC staff members. Volunteer food and drinks are procured by IBRRC, but are the financial responsibility of the RP.

Public affairs and media contact

IBRRC will make contact with the RP's public information officer (PIO) within the first 24 hours of notification. IBRRC requests that the RP's PIO stay in close contact with IBRRC's PIO and remain on the premises when the media is touring the facility. IBRRC will participate with the media through interviews, rehabilitation center tours, and other avenues as requested. IBRRC's PIO will organize media requests by establishing press times throughout the day. Usually two or three press conferences will occur early into the spill, when news interest is highest. IBRRC will provide the RP with daily reports.

Documentation, cost tracking, misc.

IBRRC's financial officer will communicate with the RP (as requested) to provide daily expense estimates. Daily activities are logged and will be incorporated into a final report for the RP. In the event of a spill affecting a large number of animals, an additional report covering the rehabilitation program, its achievements and results, will be produced and made available for public dissemination.

Species of wildlife that IBRRC will treat

IBRRC holds the appropriate state and federal permits that allows us to rehabilitate oiled wildlife within each region of the United States. IBRRC will rehabilitate all bird species, terrestrial mammals, freshwater aquatic mammals and all reptiles. Marine mammals and sea otters will be rehabilitated through the appropriate rehabilitation organizations permitted and dedicated to the rehabilitation of these species. In some cases these organizations may subcontract with IBRRC.


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