THE WCB IS A PERFECT 'MINIMUM STANDARD' START TO SELF REGULATION
WHO ARE THE EXPERTS BEHIND THE WCB?
The WCB launched in Feb. 2022 & was developed over a YEAR of seemingly endless Zoom meetings, by Wildlife Rescues & Rehabbers (from tiny one man/woman set ups to large centres) as well as Vets (both wildlife specific & general practice) & Vet Nurses.
It was developed BY Wildlife Professionals FOR Wildlife Professionals.
AS A RESULT, EVERYTHING ASKED FOR AS MINIMUM PROOF OF WELFARE STANDARDS (FOR RESCUES/REHABBERS TO ACHIEVE THE WCB) HAS BEEN DECIDED BY WILDLIFE PROFESSIONALS THEMSELVES (FROM EVERY BACKGROUND & SET UP) TO BE EASILY ACHIEVABLE.
WHAT EXPERT WILDLIFE CARE STANDARDS HAVE THE BADGES BEEN BASED ON?
The WCB has been drafted - and is based on - already recognised standards from the RSPCA, BWRC, BVZS and the BSAVA that Wildlife Rehabbers (even lone Rehabbers, working out of their homes) should ALL be already meeting as a minimum standard of care.
THERE ARE TWO WCB BADGES. YOU CAN FIND OUT ABOUT THEM BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW.
HOW DOES A WILDLIFE RESCUE/REHABBER GET THE WCB?
WCB Holders prove their knowledge & experience by sitting either a 1hr or 90mins (depending on how many species they rehab) online quiz.
The Wildlife Care Badge (WCB) Knowledge Assessments cover some vital points that all rehabilitators should know to ensure that they are acting both within the law and with the animals’ best interests in mind.
A Vet either visits the Rescue/Rehabber premises in person or does a video call where they are walked around their premises. The Vets will have been given in advance - by you, from us - a Vet Checklist Report (created by one of the top Wildlife Vets in the country) so they know exactly what to look for in the premises (are predators too close to prey etc?) and then they email their report directly to the WCB team.
If a Wildlife Rescue is set up as a 'hub' (outsourcing wildlife casualties to fosterers off site, as well as having a central base) then ALL of those premises also have to be okayed by the Vet through photos that have been taken that same month.
This requirement has 2 goals and should take around 5 minutes every 2 months to achieve: 1. To ensure the very best care of our UK wildife casualties. 2. To build badly needed transparency and trust between our UK Wildlife Rescuers & Rehabbers.
WCB Holders will drop into a drop box folder (every 2 months) the following...
A. Admission records for the last 2 months (nothing complicated, just what’s come in and why) - This is also a unique opportunity for research to create a hub of knowledge across the UK.... (Records can be made anonymous when published)...
B. Proof of working with a vets over the last 2 months. Just attach a picture of either.... Vet bill / Consult notes / Signed letter from vets etc... ?
C. Notes for 1 of your cases - Admission info, plan of action for that animal and outcome. (Just to show that info is been kept about the casualties).
(THERE IS ALSO A 'RESCUE/REHABBER SUPPORT & ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE')
The committee is a supportive AND welfare focused committee of anonymous, independent Wildlife Professionals: any concerns about a Badge Holder's rehabilitation practices are placed before them and discussed in monthly meetings by those Wildlife Professionals.
The WCB is about - first and foremost - supporting Badge Holders to have/achieve & maintain high welfare standards and to rehabilitate wildlife casualties from a minimum pre-agreed standard level of knowledge and experience. It is also about helping Badge Holders to keep getting better and better (therefore providing better care to wildlife casualties) while feeling looked after and supported, within the community.
YOU CAN SEE - HERE - HOW THE COMMITTEE OPERATES IN PRACTICE.