Handling and Triage of Bats seminar

Submitted by jhall on Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:52

All Victorian veterinarians can expect to have some exposure to flying foxes or microbats at some point during their career. These species make their home in urban areas and are frequently disturbed or injured as a result of human behaviour.

The main species seen in Victoria is the Grey-headed flying fox, which is listed as threatened in Victoria and vulnerable nationally.

Grey-headed flying foxes are intelligent, social creatures. They play an integral role in the Australian ecosystem as pollinators and seed dispersers.

Unfortunately there are some diseases that can be spread from bats to humans so it is vital that veterinarians and veterinary nurses are familiar with how to protect themselves from bat-borne diseases, while still optimising the welfare of bats within their care. 

Topics covered

  • Importance of bats
  • Life history
  • Public perception
  • Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV)
  • Rabies vaccination
  • ALBV testing
  • Reasons for presentation
  • Recovery from anaesthesia
  • Hospitalisation and holding
  • Human and pet exposure
  • Rescue and handling
  • Initial examination
  • Types of injuries and prognosis
  • Therapeutics and supportive care
  • Rehabilitation at carer

Learning Outcomes

  • Enable clinic staff to register to receive the rabies vaccination for FREE
  • Describe the importance of bats in Victorian ecosystems
  • Keep staff safe from bat-borne diseases
  • Understand what to do if a person or pet is bitten or scratched by a bat
  • Have an understanding of bat triage and rehabilitation mats

For registration please click here.