ABSTRACT: Many of Australia’s native animals being rescued from the devastating bushfires of 2019-2020 have sustained burns and other injuries related to the bushfires. The aims of treating native wildlife are often different from treating humans or domestic animals with burns. This difference in approach poses many diagnostic, treatment and humanitarian challenges for veterinary personnel and wildlife carers. Additional challenges arise from treating animals during a state of widespread natural disaster.


Candice Drew ISFM DipFN, DipVN(surg), DipT(EC), RVN

Candice qualified as a veterinary nurse in Australia in 2005, being awarded the Novartis Award for Outstanding Achievement in Veterinary Nursing in her qualifying year. She has worked extensively in Australia and the UK, primarily in referral nursing (Emergency & Critical Care). She attained the Diploma of Veterinary Nursing (surgical) in 2009, qualified as a trainer & assessor in 2015, and completed the ISFM Diploma in Feline Nursing in 2018. Candice is interested in most aspects of veterinary nursing but her passions are feline nursing, ECC, working with students (and wildlife nursing!) In January-February 2020, Candice was deployed to Wandandian and to Cooma, NSW as a VBB/AVERT volunteer

Email: catrvnl6@gmail.com

Keywords:  Australian wildlife; macropods; bushfires; burns classification and treatment; triage

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 35 (07) • July 2020 pp205-208

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