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  1. Definitions
    Act—the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
    Administration Regulation—the Nature Conservation (Administration) Regulation 2006.
    Animal—any member of the animal kingdom (other than humans) as defined in the Act.
    Conservation officer—a person who is appointed as such by the responsible Minister under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
    Crepuscular—pertaining to early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
    Critical—when the animal is affected by: major traumatic injuries, difficult breathing, major bleeding, serious head injury, or disembowelment; or is showing any signs of severe pain or discomfort; or has obvious injuries or illness that might cause the death of the animal; or is rescued or found in circumstances which might reasonably be expected to have caused such injuries or illness, even if they are not apparent (for example: dog attack); or the animal is moribund.
    Critical care—a level of care provided to wildlife suffering from life threatening injuries or illness. Generally, wildlife in critical care will require short-term housing that reduces activity and facilitates easy observation, feeding, treatment and rehydration as required.
    Diurnal—pertaining to day time.
    Euthanasia—to achieve humane destruction of an animal. The method must achieve instant insensibility followed by rapid death of the animal without it first regaining sensation or consciousness.
    Experienced rehabilitator/person—a person with a minimum of two (2) years, ongoing demonstrated wildlife rehabilitation experience specific to that species or a similar species of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
    Exsanguination—death caused through loss of blood.
    Hard release—where an animal is released directly to the wild without further support, feeding or environmental conditioning. It should only be used in the case of short-term rehabilitation and is not advised for animals in long-term care, orphans or social animals.
    Mild—when the animal’s injuries or illness appear to cause little discomfort, pain or loss of function, and are not life-threatening or likely to become life-threatening without immediate treatment.
    Nocturnal—pertaining to the night.
    Permit—a rehabilitation permit issued under the Act.
    Protected wildlife—an animal that is prescribed as such in the Act.
    Qualified person—a person who has completed a training course approved by the chief executive of Queensland Health and is issued with an authority under the provisions of the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 or a person registered by the Veterinary Surgeons Board as a Veterinary Surgeon.
    Quarantine—where an animal is kept isolated for a period to ensure it does not transmit or contract disease or parasites. Rehabilitators should take precautions when entering and leaving such isolated areas, utilising disinfectant footbaths, overalls etc. The same practice should apply to all husbandry equipment used for managing an animal in quarantine.
    QSMP—the Queensland Species Management Plan. This is the process for placing zoologically required species or specimens into zoo collections for conservation/education purposes in lieu of being released successfully.
    QWRC—the Queensland Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
    Rehabilitation organisation—a corporation or association holding a valid rehabilitation permit whose members engage in the rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
    Rehabilitator—a person who is engaged in the rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and is operating under a valid rehabilitation permit either as an individual or as member of a rehabilitation organisation.
    Serious—when the animal is affected by serious injuries or illness that might reasonably be expected to cause moderate pain, but are not immediately life-threatening; and the animal is not showing obvious signs of distress or pain, or significantly reduced mental activity.
    Soft release—where an animal is released with the provision of supplementary food, shelter and water at the site of release, preferably with a period of confinement during which time the animal(s) become familiar with the surrounding habitat, wildlife population and supplementary resources.
    Veterinary surgeon—a person registered as a veterinary surgeon under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1936.
    Veterinary treatment—the conduct and application of veterinary surgery and veterinary medicine when applied to sick, injured or orphaned animals by a veterinary surgeon.
    Wildlife—a protected animal as defined in the Act.
    Wildlife Management Regulation—the Nature Conservation (Wildlife Management) Regulation 2006.
    Wildlife Regulation—the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006.
    Zoonosis (plural zoonoses)—any infectious disease that can be transmitted from both wild and domestic animals to humans.

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