To be a great veterinarian is one thing, but the ability to maintain compassion and caring sets you apart from the rest.
Should you come across abandoned or injured wildlife, there are important “Do”s and “Don’t”s to follow. To begin, always wear gloves and use a towel! Never handle any wild animal with your bare hands. Rabies is a serious and potentially life-threatening disease. Next, if at all possible, do not call animal or pest control; it may very well benefit the animal to try contacting a rehabilitation facility first.
The Diamond Rock Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is available to give you advice over the phone should you need it: 610-240-0883. You can also visit their website for more helpful tips like the information provided above: www.diamondrockwildlife.org.
Additionally, the following resources can help with your wildlife-related questions and concerns:
AARK- Bucks County
Carbon County Environmental Education Center
Diamond Rock Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic-Chester County
Accepts raccoons, foxes, skunks, groundhogs, coyotes, squirrels and bats
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center-Monroe County
Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic-Philadelphia County
Accepts all native species except deer
Tri-State Bird Rescue- Newark, DE
Accepts all birds
For up-to-date information about local Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers, go to www.pawr.com
For questions or concerns regarding exotic animal species, Rocky Hill Veterinary Clinic in West Chester can be reached at 610-431-1620, and Radnor Veterinary Hospital can be reached at 610-687-1550.