The invertebrate first aid training workshop

Sharing interverbrate first aid best practice

Reaseheath Herpetological and Entomological Society shared their knowledge invertebrates at a recent BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) Terrestrial Invertebrate Working Group (TIWG) conference.

Conference delegates have a go at first aid techniques

Conference delegates have a go at first aid techniques

The conference, held at Twycross Zoo over two days (7th-8th December), took place in conjunction with  the Veterinary Invertebrate Society (VIS). The two day event focused on invertebrate health and included a number of presentations and workshops from vets, zoo professionals and our very own RHES members.

Six RHES members were selected by Reaseheath keeper Lauren Lane (A BIAZA TIWG steering committee member) to facilitate an accredited training workshop on invertebrate first aid.

The invertebrate first aid training workshop

The invertebrate first aid training workshop

During the workshop, RHES members joined three other facilitators Lauren Lane, Steve Trim (Venomtech Director) and Tracy Dove (Isle of White Zoo) giving over 40 delegates the opportunity to learn and practise a number of first aid techniques for invertebrate species. The techniques included autotomy, haemolymph loss and ectoparasite removal amongst others.

On evaluation of the conference delegates said that the first aid workshop was the most useful and enjoyable, which was a fantastic outcome.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank RHES for their professionalism and enthusiasm during the conference and to all staff members that lent items for the workshop.

Lauren Lane

Lower Vertebrate and Invertebrate keeper/instructor

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