The COVID19 pandemic has hindered the interstate deployment of several AVERT volunteers hoping to assist with wildlife care and treatment in wildlife triage centres. However, this did not stop AVERT volunteer vet nurse Casey Woodward of Victoria lending a hand to Adelaide Koala Rescue (AKR) in South Australia.
Casey collected $11,000 worth of medical donations for AKR, including a brand new ICU Incubator, vitally important in managing joey neonates, and over $5,000 worth of medical supplies (Including IV fluid pumps and medications) donated by Australian veterinary supplier Provet, which also generously organised shipment direct to AKR.
Casey personally supplied more than $1,500 worth of donated goods, purchased from her own fundraising and a donation from The Rescue Collective. Australia Post kindly provided a sizable discount on postage!
Casey comes from a conservation background working on revegetation and other environmental projects. She was looking forward to her first AVERT deployment until her trip was cancelled.
“It was a huge blow for me, as the main reason I became a veterinary nurse was to be able to help wildlife and charities such as AKR,” she said.
“I was determined to help the group as much as possible, as I knew they were stretched in terms of finances, veterinary staff and medical supplies. I got very lucky making contact with Provet and The Rescue Collective, who were both incredibly generous. It was a really successful outcome considering I wasn’t able to travel to AKR to help because of Covid 19.”
Casey wants to bring to light the major challenges being experienced by wildlife charities all over the world right now.
“Many organisations have extremely limited revenue streams due to the lack of tourism and cancellation of volunteer programmes. If you are in a position to donate, even just a few dollars I know it would be gratefully received,” she said.
Casey said being selected as part of VBB’s AVERT team was a real honour for her and a dream come true.
“I look forward to travel bans being lifted so that I can finally get to Adelaide to further assist the team at Adelaide Koala Rescue,” she said.
We look forward to deploying you to AKR too, Casey. Thank you for your incredible efforts. Team VBB sincerely appreciates the generosity of our animal loving community, without which our work could not continue.