Wildlife Rehabilitation MD (WRMD)
Wildlife Rehabilitation MD is a free on-line medical database designed specifically for wildlife rehabilitators to collect, manage and analyze data for their patients. Wildlife Rehabilitation MD is the result of years of experience in wildlife rehabilitation combined with website application design and development. When Wildlife Rehabilitation MD was conceived, it was clear that the database needed to easily store and manage large volumes of data without being overwhelming to wildlife rehabilitators. We wanted a database that allowed for quick data entry and excellent data mining.
In 2013, The Wild Neighbors Database Project proposed to design a database for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (based at the One Health Institute at UC Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine) specifically for animal care during an Oil Spill Response in California. To date we have a fully operational oil spill response database which records, stabilization data from the field, processing and intake data when animals arrive at a Primary Care Facility, feedings, medications, rechecks, wash data, pre-release exam data and banding data.
The Wild Neighbors team is on-call for an oil spill event. In a large spill we are boots on the ground in a few days time and anticipate working the spill until the end of patient care. During an oil spill event we are in charge of making sure everybody is trained on O-WRMD, make sure that everything is connected and the data is processing smoothly and quite likely getting very oily in the process.
Wildlife Morbidity and Mortality Event Alert System (WMME Alert System)
In 2016, in coordination with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and The One Health Institute at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, we started the Wildlife Morbidity and Mortality Event Alert System (WMME Alert System) that runs in parallel with WRMD to 1) integrate data in near-real time from a network of participating wildlife rehabilitation organizations in California, and 2) alert California wildlife investigators to unusual wildlife disease events. During a recent proof of concept study, the WMME Alert System enabled early detection of a number of wildlife morbidity and mortality events in California. For example, the system alerted investigators to a morbidity event in marine birds in southern California that was caused by a harmful algal bloom. Likewise, the system alerted to 1) increased numbers of raptors being brought into centers across California, showing symptoms of neurologic disease due to West Nile virus; 2) turkey vulture cases of toxicity due to lead exposure; and 3) anticoagulant rodenticide poisonings in raptors and skunks. The WMME Alert System also enabled the early detection of emerging pathogens in invasive species that pose a threat to native wildlife in California. For instance, investigators were alerted to the emergence of Pigeon Paramyxovirus Type 1 (PPMV-1) in Eurasian collared doves and rock pigeons in central California, documenting northward pathogen spread along with the expansion of the range of the invasive Eurasian collared dove in California. Recent detection of this virus in a mourning dove in California suggests spillover of this emerging pathogen from the invasive species into native doves. These events highlight the system’s powerful potential for detecting known and novel, emerging threats to free-ranging wildlife and ecosystem health.