Responding to Oiled Wildlife in the Post-Deepwater Horizon World
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians Conference 2011
Christine V. Fiorello, DVM, PhD, DACZM; Michael H. Ziccardi, DVM, MPVM, PhD
1Oiled Wildlife Care Network, Wildlife Health Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA, USA


The Oiled Wildlife Care Network, a state-affiliated program of the UC Davis Veterinary School, responds to oil spills in California, and often assists or acts in an advisory position during national and international spills. During the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf, current and former members of the OWCN served in various leadership positions. The disastrous nature of that spill garnered a tremendous amount of public and media attention, and veterinary professionals from around the world offered their assistance. Lack of training, as well as communication and political considerations, made it challenging for wildlife professionals to contribute their expertise. In the wake of the Gulf spill, the OWCN is developing a mechanism to enable interested zoological institutions, veterinarians, and husbandry staff to both acquire the appropriate training and provide their expertise and assistance during significant oil-related events that impact wildlife. As we develop this process, we welcome input from our colleagues and hope to work with many of you to improve oiled wildlife care across the globe.


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Christine V. Fiorello, DVM, PhD, DACZM
Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Wildlife Health Center
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California
Davis, CA, USA

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