VBB AVERT volunteer Fran Wilcox has had a busy start to the year, assisting veterinary teams at Adelaide Koala Rescue (AKR) in South Australia, followed by placements at two triage sites operating on the south coast of New South Wales.
Fran is a veterinary nurse at Northside Veterinary Specialist Hospital in NSW and also a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. After rehabilitating her own dogs with various conditions, it became clear to Fran how important physical rehabilitation is to animals, including wildlife that sustain injuries as a result of bushfires.
Fran helped with the rescue, triage and care of wildlife, including nursing critically ill koalas to back to health. She said one of her most memorable moments as an AVERT volunteer was to be involved with the release back into the wild of two koalas that she had helped treat at AKR.
“It has been a privilege to work with so many amazing people from all walks of life, with everyone playing their part. I have gained new skills, made firm friends and have very fond memories of my time with AKR,” said Fran.
Thank you Fran, for your dedication to nursing and rehabilitating wildlife.