SANIBEL, Fla., (August 14, 2017) -- Yvette Carrasco, Breanna Frankel, Rachel Walsh and Missy Fox are the first staff members at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) to earn a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator distinction from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). Carrasco, Frankel and Walsh are three of CROW’s rehabilitators and Fox is one of CROW’s Certified Veterinary Technicians.
>>Rachel Walsh, Breanna Frankel and Yvette Carrasco recently became CROW's first Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators along with Veterinary Technician Missy Fox >>
“These ladies worked hard to earn this certification which speaks volumes to the dedication they have to providing our patients at CROW with the best care they possibly can,” says Dr. Heather Barron, CROW’s Hospital Director. “Each of them has a true passion for helping wildlife.”
As of September 2016, only 74 rehabilitators in the United States held the title of Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator making the four rehabilitators at CROW part of an elite group of caregivers.
The IWRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that protects wildlife and habitat through training and resources on wildlife rehabilitation. In 2007, IWRC introduced the Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) certificate program as part of their mission to raise the quality of care provided to wildlife in distress. Although certification is voluntary, receiving certification is an objective affirmation that a rehabilitator has met minimum knowledge standards.
According to the IWRC, certification shows permitting agency personnel, veterinarians, and members of the public, a rehabilitators’ commitment to professionalism and providing the highest quality care. To encourage the rehabber’s continuing education, skill and competence, certification renewal is required every two years.
<< Certified Veterinary Technician Missy Fox assists with the removal of a fish hook from a sea turtle. Fox recently became a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator along with three other CROW staff members.<<
“By taking this exam we are making ourselves individually better caregivers for our patients” says Yvette Carrasco, one of the four new Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators. “We’ve also taken a big step by growing in our career path of wildlife rehabilitation.”