We did it! $5,000 in 10 days! Thank you so much to everyone who supported this campaign! Wildlife Rehabilitation MD is more than just a necessary medical database—it is a dream come true. We have been envisioning and planning it for many years and now we are seeing it become a reality. Your support means so much to us.
So what happens next? Let’s take Wildlife Rehabilitation MD international!
The need is rapidly increasing for wildlife hospitals in the United States and worldwide to establish and maintain electronic record keeping, to allow consistent reporting and make data accessible for local, national and international analysis. Wildlife patient databases in multiple nations can streamline and improve wildlife care regionally, and help provide early warning internationally—to wildlife and human health agencies—of the onset or potential for disease epidemics.
There are still 20 days left in the Kickstarter campaign. While we have hit our target goal, we want to keep up the momentum. Wildlife rehabilitation is an international profession and Wildlife Rehabilitation MD can be part of this critical work around the world. We already have interest from Canada, Belize and Australia, but in order to support efforts in these and other countries, Wildlife Rehabilitation MD needs new, internationally focused development.
Help us raise another $2500 dollars to make that a possibility.
What needs to be done next to internationalize Wildlife Rehabilitation MD:
- Add species from around the world to the database and categorize them according to their regions.
- Identify international and country-specific agency rehabilitation requirements and create a mechanism for required year-end reports.
- Add countries and territories from around the world to the database.
- Work with wildlife rehabilitation professionals from different countries and multi-national agencies to expand and refine the database, so it can be used in any single nation or jointly by collaborating nations.
- And the big one—develop multilingual components and support networks.
These goals can be reached with your help. Thank you for your dedication to wildlife and support of this vital project.
Wildlife Rehabilitation MD is an out-of-the-box simple record-keeping system designed specifically for wildlife rehabilitators in the United States and Canada to collect, manage and analyze data pertaining to 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 overwhelming to the average wildlife rehabilitator. We wanted a database that allowed for quick data entry and excellent data mining.
The goal of this database is to simplify record keeping which will enable wildlife rehabilitators to spend more time helping the animals and less time managing their records. A prototype has been developed and is being beta tested at a handful of wildlife rehabilitation facilities throughout the US. So far the program has been met with positive reviews and the feedback has been instrumental in designing and creating numerous improvements. Currently the program is being presented at various wildlife rehabilitation symposiums and is being met with interest. We are looking to take this program to the next level so that we can make Wildlife Rehabilitation MD even more user friendly, implement new features and continue to provide professional support to the community it serves.
In wildlife rehabilitation, an enormous amount of data is collected by numerous organizations throughout the country. Currently this data is all stored on paper or in proprietary electronic record keeping systems. This means that data cannot be easily shared between rehabilitation centers or with educational institutions. With an up to date network, we can discover potential environmental issues or disease outbreaks within days of their onset. With this network we can discover and share best practices for husbandry and medical care easily within our community. This will allow us to build a knowledge base that will improve treatment of these wild animals throughout the country. Bottom line, we can collectively share our experiences and save more lives. The data collected now can benefit the entire wildlife rehabilitation community and the animals we care for in the future.
Our goal is to offer this service free of charge to wildlife rehabilitation facilities nation-wide. Your donations bring us one step closer to that goal and help improve communication and data integrity throughout the industry. By you supporting this project, you can help wildlife rehabilitators focus their time, money and energy on the animals in their care, knowing that their records are safe, secure and well organized.
In order to take this database to the next level we are planning to:
- Improve the security and integrity of the database.
- Enhance the analytics to help highlight early warning signs that may predict epidemics.
- Teach the database which species are native to which states.
- Group species into their lay categories (raptor, songbird, carnivore, ...). This simple update will create new opportunities for Wildlife Rehabilitation MD.
- Create the ability to transfer a record from one account to another.
- Provide even better online support for new and existing accounts.
Get to know some of the creative people behind the project
Devin Dombrowski develops websites and database applications professionally. He also has been a wildlife rehabilitator since 2003, working and volunteering at many organizations. Rachel Avilla is the wildlife rehabilitation manager at Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek CA. She has been working with wildlife for the past 10 years and specializes in avian husbandry and volunteer management. Her insights and connections throughout the community bring great strength to the database.
Risks and challenges
The upgrades will be rolled out over the next calendar year, likely starting after August. Summer is the busiest time for wildlife rehabilitators. It is important that we leave the database in a stable state during the busy summer months and release the updates during the fall and winter. At which time, the database will be fully released to all wildlife rehabilitators.
Wildlife Rehabilitation MD is already stable and well used. If there are any significant delays in implementing our upgrades, they will have little to no affect on the current daily operations of the database. We also have the blessings of many wildlife rehabilitation regulatory agencies, so we do not anticipate any legal delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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