In the UK, many veterinary professionals would never expect to be in a situation where they are called on to help a marine mammal. However, in 2020 alone British Divers Marine Life Rescue responded to over 2000 calls to animals in distress- the majority seals and cetaceans. Whenever possible, BDMLR utilises veterinary professionals to ensure animals receive the highest standards of care.
In this short lecture series, we will explore two different scenarios. Firstly, a seal pup being brought into your practice having been rescued by BDMLR volunteers- how will you assess and treat the patient? Secondly, receiving a call to attend a dolphin which has stranded on a local beach- how will you approach this complex situation? What are the options available to the dolphin and how do you decide the best course of action?