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2017 Symposium Agenda – Monday

9:00 AM
All Species Laboratory
Fun with Splinting Materials - Laboratory
Preregistration and payment required to attend this laboratory. There is no associated lecture.

In the Fun with Splinting Materials lab, participants will have access to splinting materials that they may not have had the opportunity to work with before. A variety of species will be provided for practicing various splinting techniques on different types of fractures.
Dr. Shannon Riggs
Pacific Wildlife Care
Shannon Riggs received her DVM from UC Davis in 2002. This was followed by an internship in Bird/Zoo/Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery at Louisiana State University and a residency in Companion Avian/Pet Exotic Medicine and Surgery at UC Davis. From 2006-2009, she acted as the clinical veterinarian for the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center and was the response veterinarian for the Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay in 2007. In 2009, Shannon co-founded the wildlife rehabilitation and education group BirdAllyX and remains a member of its board of directors. From 2010-2012, she was the Associate Veterinarian and, subsequently, Director of Veterinary Services at Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek. Shannon is currently the Director of Animal Care for Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay.
9:00 AM
Los Osos North
Avian Lecture
Wild Fostering
In this lecture, we provide information of wild foster situations of mostly raptors and quail this past season at the Bird Rescue Center ( We discuss hatching eggs we received and newborn protocols that worked for us and raising 2 infant WESOs and 2 infant TUVUs as well as their surprising outcomes. Then we move on to the "easier" foster process including RTHAs, GHOWs, and RSHAs. Finally we discuss an experiment with our local quail parents and wild fostering babies to them.
Ashton Kluttz
The Bird Rescue Center
Ashton Kluttz is the Director of Avian Care at the Bird Rescue Center (BRC, Santa Rosa, CA). She completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Washington College (Chestertown, MD), and is currently in the process of completing her certification as a registered veterinary technician. She began her career as a wildlife rehabber at the Marine Mammal Center, where she served as a Stranding Intern (i.e., rescue and triage response). From 2009-2013 she worked at the Bird Rescue Center as a Shift Supervisor then took a position as Veterinary Assistant during 2012-2013 where she completed the hours required to attain certification as a Vet Tech. In the fall of 2013, she returned to BRC as Manager of the Rehabilitation Hospital, and was later promoted to Director of Avian Care.
9:00 AM
Los Osos South
All Species Round Table Discussion
Show Us: Enrichment, Stress Reduction, Go Green
This session will ask rehabilitators to show others how they enrich the environment for the animals in care, reduce stress during the process, or ideas for how to reduce, reuse, recycle in the rehabilitation process. A call will go out to the membership to solicit ideas. Each presenter could have 5 - 10 minutes to show their ideas.
Ruth McDunn
Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley
Ruth McDunn started volunteering at WCSV in August of 2011 and was quickly promoted to shift captain. She continues to volunteer 8-12 hours each week doing animal care, administration, and development assistance. In addition, Ruth has provided layout and formatting for the biannual newsletter, Tracks, since 2012. Ruth has worked with just about all types of animals that come in to the center, from baby birds, opossums, squirrels, raptors, and rabies vector species, and predatory mammals - of all ages - and even a few amphibians and reptiles. Ruth also releases animals to their habitat after rehabilitation, often photographing the process for online and print publications. Ruth is the current CCWR Board Vice President.
10:00 AM
Los Osos North
Avian Lecture
What is Evidence-based Medicine Anyway?
Rehabilitators are exposed to a lot of different protocols and methods used by others to treat wild patients, but often have limited time to really think about these treatments. Without years of college and training in physiology, science, or medicine, how can one evaluate which type of treatment is likely to help the patient and which may be a waste of time and effort? This talk will explain the scientific method, what is meant by the term "evidence-based medicine", and how this type of medicine is different from other types.
Dr. Rebecca Duerr
International Bird Rescue
Dr. Rebecca Duerr is the Veterinarian and Research Director at International Bird Rescue's two wildlife clinics in California. She completed her DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees at University of California Davis, with the care of oiled seabirds as the subject of both graduate degrees. She is currently working on the second edition of Hand-Rearing Birds, recently wrote and co-edited NWRA's Topics in Wildlife Medicine, Vol. 4: Orthopedics, co-wrote the wild orphans section of Merck Veterinary Manual, and just finished Seabird Medicine and Orphan Care chapters for the upcoming book Medical Management of Wildlife Species: A Guide for Practitioners. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and is a frequent lecturer at UC Davis on avian physiology and pediatrics.
10:00 AM
Los Osos South
Mammalian Lecture
D is for Diarrhea, Dehydration and Death
A discussion of what diarrhea is, the causes and some treatments in squirrels. Will have audience participation to share ideas as time allows.
Sharron Baird
Squirrelmender Wildlife Rehabilitation
Founder and Director of Squirrelmender Wildlife Rehabilitation in Thousand Oaks. Have been working with squirrels for over 28 years. Permitted by CDFW and the City of Thousand Oaks. Take in 300-350 squirrels a year.
11:00 AM
Los Osos North
Symposium Close-out
Vann Masvidal
Vann Masvidal is the current CCWR Board President.