a) use of restricted drugs for sedation or anesthesia of animals;
b) examination and veterinary management of sick, injured or orphaned animals;
c) euthanasia of animals;
d) consultation on animal welfare issues; and/or
e) assessment and management of wildlife population health and reproduction.
Nomination of veterinarian on Wildlife Protection and Management Plan
4.75 A wildlife control operator must nominate one or more licensed veterinarians, whom they will use in the event that veterinary services are required.
4.76 A nominated veterinarian must be able to provide resources and facilities appropriate for responding to wildlife emergencies that may occur in the field.
4.77 The nominated veterinarian(s) must be indicated in the Wildlife Protection and Management Plan under the section entitled “Contingency plan for wildlife requiring euthanasia, other veterinary procedures or captive care.”
4.78 It is preferable that nominated veterinarians are experienced with wildlife, although in some areas this may not be possible.
Wildlife control operators to inform client of obligations regarding the provision of veterinary care
4.79 It is the responsibility of the wildlife control operator to inform the client and/or project manager of the potential for requirement of veterinary services, and the expected costs of such services.
4.80 The wildlife control operator must also ensure that the client or authorized representative is aware of their “duty of care” obligations to animals captured or injured in the course of the conduct of relevant activities.
4.81 It is recommended that the wildlife control operator prepare a document detailing the above, to be signed by the client or client’s authorized representative.
Provision of veterinary care to sick or injured animals
4.82 The wildlife control operator must make provision for the prompt veterinary examination and treatment of any animal injured, or caused to be sick, as a result of development processes or activities.
4.83 If an injured animal has not already been captured, then the wildlife control operator must make every reasonable attempt to capture the animal for the purposes of veterinary assessment and treatment. This may include the engagement of a veterinarian for the purposes of darting the animal with a tranquillizer or anesthetic.