Michael Stanford

  • Webinar recorded on Thu 12th March, 2015
  • 1 hours 11 mins
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This webinar is intended to identify the increasing regulatory, criminal and civil risks to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and lay people working with wildlife in the UK. It should be of interest not only to any practitioner working full time in wildlife centres, but also to those who attend local wildlife centres regularly, or treat wildlife in the practice. The webinar will cover the legal and ethical aspects of prescribing and supplying medicines for wildlife and discuss the relevance of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 to wildlife work, providing practical examples of pitfalls to individuals working in this field. The webinar will complement Liz Mullineaux’s follow-up presentation indicating practical methods of working with wildlife, without risk of a complaint. Michael Stanford has over 25 years’ experience working in the zoological and wildlife medicine field, is the current President of the BVZS and has been a VDS claims consultant for the past 7 years. Michael Stanford qualified from Liverpool University in 1987 and after working in an avian and small animal referral practice in North Yorkshire for five years, he moved to Cheshire to open Birch Heath Veterinary Clinic. The practice specialises in non-domesticated pets, zoo and wildlife patients together with providing laboratory interpretation services for exotic animals for several pathology laboratories. In 2006 he was awarded the Diploma of FRCVS by thesis for his work on calcium metabolism in birds and was granted RCVS Specialist status in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine the following year. He is a recipient of the BVA William Hunter medal. Michael is author of various book chapters associated with exotic animal and wildlife medicine, including several BSAVA manuals, and has published widely and lectured extensively both at home and abroad. He has been employed as a Claims Consultant for the professional indemnity insurer, the Veterinary Defence Society, since 2007 and is their current Newsletter Editor. Michael is current President of the British Veterinary Zoological Society.

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