Code of Practice

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  1. Records
    1. Objective
      1. To maintain comprehensive records of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife admissions, disposals and management while in care. These records can be used to track and review individual case histories and identify trends and represent a useful resource for rehabilitators, regulators, veterinarians, educators and research organisations.
    2. Standards
      1. A register must be kept by each wildlife rehabilitator for all protected animals rescued or cared for including:
        1. date of admission or rescue
        2. identifying number or name
        3. reason for rescue
        4. species
        5. approximate age or age class (neonate, juvenile, sub-adult, adult, aged)
        6. sex (M, F, Unknown)
        7. exact location of rescue
        8. brief description of health or injuries
        9. treatments
        10. relevant observations (behaviour, diet, general progress)
        11. regular weights
        12. final outcome (released, died, euthanased, permanent care, transferred to another person/organisation)
        13. date of final outcome
        14. if transferred to another person or organisation, to whom.
      2. If an animal is transferred to another rehabilitator, copies of relevant records must accompany the animal.
      3. All records must be maintained in a form that can be readily examined, analysed and clearly understood, and be made available to a conservation officer upon request.
    3. Guidelines
      1. Copies or backups of records should be kept to avoid information being lost.
      2. To gauge the effectiveness of various rehabilitation and release techniques, post-release sightings of known rehabilitated wildlife should be recorded and kept.

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