Lead Toxicity in Wildlife
Lead, a heavy metal, has no known role in any required biological process.
That means there is no safe level of lead in a body, its impact can range from subtle shifts in fitness to death.
Wildlife casualties caused by lead toxicosis are a common occurrence impacting a wide range of species. This presentation is focused on providing information to wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary professionals admitting patients with lead toxicosis. It is open to the general public and anyone with an interest in this topic is welcome.
The topics covered will be:
· The potential sources of lead
· Biological impacts
· Testing for lead
· When to treat or species thresholds
· Treatment options
· Supportive care
· and what the face of lead toxicosis looks like in a case study
The lecture will be 2 and a half hours, which includes a Q&A session
Lynn Miller, CWR
Lynn began life in New Zealand, but her passion for wildlife and conservation lead to Summer School at Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust and a stint at London Zoo.
During a holiday in France, she meet a gorgeous French Canadian chap, which led her life to Quebec. While attending McGill University’s MacDonald College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, near Montreal, she began working with birds of prey at the Macdonald Raptor Research Centre. Of course, the raptor specialty did not deter people from bringing in ducklings, song birds, herons and pigeons. The mistake was to take these birds to her home, or was it?
That was 25 years ago. Since then, Lynn founded Le Nichoir in 1994, become an IWRC instructor some 9 years ago, joined the IWRC board, and is now the current president of IWRC. She is completing her PhD in Environmental Toxicology. Lynn is currently Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts, a HSUS facility.
This lecture has been accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland for 2.5 CVE credits
See 2016 Events webpage for Programme and Instructor biographies
Top: Swan - www.akellyphoto.com
Bottom: Lead radiograph - Lynn Miller