Veterinarians for Opossums
Looking for a Veterinarian...
The Opossum Care-Giver's Search
by Anita M. Henness, DVM
A ubiquitous problem, across the United States, is that of the concerned, very often highly dedicated, lay-person searching for a veterinarian with whom she/he can work to assist injured/ill opossums from the environment.
It's not that doctors aren't concerned and good. The problem is one of both geographic distribution and of uneven experience of qualified individuals. Occasionally, unfortunately, it may be lack of interest in the species, or any wildlife species. But, more often, it's lack of knowledge and/or experience with opossums which prevent doctors from "getting involved". Then, too, there are states whose wildlife/game departments variously enforce outdated and, often, environmentally "unfriendly" regulations which cover what may and may not be done for wildlife.
**Repressive, unsound laws can be changed. All it takes is for people to care enough to get them changed!**
By and large, veterinarians are dedicated to assisting animals become well again; regardless of the species or nature of their illness. In one's search for a veterinarian for ill or injured opossums, whether wild or captive, here are a few pointers. They are only guidelines to assist you in finding a doctor before you need one. Interview several doctors and different facilities, if necessary.
Your chosen veterinarian:
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