Latest News From the Red Bank Veterinary Network in New Jersey
Found baby wildlife? Learn how to help!
It is not uncommon to find wildlife in your yard. In New Jersey, we typically encounter birds, rabbits/baby bunnies, raccoons, squirrels, deer/fawns, skunks, opossums, groundhogs, chipmunks, fox, ducks, geese, gulls, turtles, and bats. While your instinct may be to immediately try and help an injured animal, the first thing to consider is your safety. Animals that are stressed or fearful may become defensive or aggressive. In addition, wild animals can be carriers of diseases that can be transmitted to humans including rabies. Precautions should be taken to ensure you and your family members do not get injured (bitten or scratched).
What is rabies?
Wildlife Carriers of Rabies
Should you find injured or abandoned wildlife, please follow these steps:
- Protect Yourself: Leave the animal alone until you receive instructions from a professional.
- Rabies Carriers - Contact your local police department: Animal control officers are available to help with sick or injured rabies carriers or potentially dangerous species (adult deer, herons, etc.).
- Other Species (Non-Rabies Carriers) - Contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator: If other wildlife is encountered that may need help, contact a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator. The goal of wildlife rehabilitation is to provide professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals so ultimately they can be returned to their natural habitat. Wildlife rehabilitators work with veterinarians to assess injuries and diagnose a variety of illnesses. Because of their training, wildlife rehabilitators can help determine whether an animal truly needs help.
To locate a wildlife rehabilitator, visit the following websites:
- In New Jersey: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/rehab_list.pdf
- Nationally: http://www.nwrawildlife.org/
- The New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR) website also has a helpful flowchart to determine whether a baby bird or mammal that you have found needs help.
- When to contact your local veterinarian: If you are unable to reach a wildlife rehabilitator in a timely fashion (rehabbers are often volunteers that spend their free time caring for these animals), contact your local veterinarian. Staff members may be able to help you determine whether or not intervention is required. If wildlife is injured, veterinarians are allowed to house and treat the animal for a maximum of 48 hours prior to transferring it to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Since we are not a shelter or a wildlife center and have limited care and capacity available for these animals, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital urges you to contact a wildlife rehabilitator first and to only use our hospital as a last resort. Our primary role is in the care of domestic pets, but we will accept injured or orphaned wildlife for stabilization purposes or to alleviate pain and suffering.
It is illegal for anyone to be in possession of wildlife without proper state and/or federal permits. Exceptions exist that allow Good Samaritans to intervene and transport injured or abandoned wildlife to a veterinarian or licensed rehabilitator. Wildlife do not make good pets! Attempting to rehabilitate wildlife without a license and proper training may cause serious harm to the animal and prevent its release back into the wild.
For more information on what to do if you find healthy or injured wildlife, please refer to the websites below.
- Raptor Trust- Injured Bird Information: http://theraptortrust.org/the birds/injured/
- NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/bornwild.htm
- Antler Ridge –Determining if you should intervene with mammals: http://www.antler-ridge.com/how_rescue.html
- Antler Ridge- Injured mammal information: http://www.antler-ridge.com/how_injure.html
- Woodlands Wildlife – Mammals and turtles: http://www.woodlandswildlife.org/index.htm
- Wild Baby Rescue- How to help wildlife: http://wildbabyrescue.org/
May 15, 2016: Emergency & Specialty Care Moving from RBVH in Cherry Hill to RBVH in Mt. Laurel
Emergency & Specialty Care at RBVH in Cherry Hill is moving to RBVH in Mount Laurel!
Starting May 15 at 2:00 am, RBVH in Cherry Hill will move to our new location, just 8 miles away from our current hospital, and be open for emergency and specialty care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
RBVH in Mount Laurel
2051 Briggs Road | Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Click here for our informational handout on the new hospital.
We would like to thank you for your loyalty, trust, and patience. Our team has worked diligently and passionately over the past year to prepare a new 23,000 square foot building to call home. Our goal is for you to have a more spacious and comfortable hospital to bring your pets and to provide you with a wider variety of specialty care and diagnostics in one location for your convenience.
• 24-Hour Emergency & Critical Care
• Increased Specialty Care
• 14 Exam Rooms
• 4 Specialty Surgery Suites
• Dedicated Critical Care Suite
• State-of-the-Art CT Scanner
• Dedicated Feline Ward
• In-House Pharmacy
• On-Site Advanced Laboratory
• Dedicated Bereavement Room
As part of our commitment to increasing the availability of specialty care, we will have board certified specialists in the following departments:
• Clinical Nutrition
• Critical Care
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Internal Medicine
• Interventional Radiology & Endoscopy (Minimally-Invasive Procedures)
• Oncology (Medical)
• Pain Management (Coming Soon)
• Sports Medicine & Physical Rehabilitation (Coming Soon)
We look forward to seeing you and your pets in our new home.
RBVH Joins with American Humane Association and U.S. War Dogs Association to Care for All Returning Military Working Dogs and Contract Working Dogs
Summer 2015: Somers Point Veterinary Hospital Joins RBVH in Linwood
We are proud to announce that Dr. Kim Taylor of Somers Point Veterinary Hospital, along with her clients and patients, will be joining Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Linwood.
Starting Monday, August 3, Dr. Taylor’s practice will be an official member of the RBVH family. The Linwood team is excited, and honored, to welcome these general practice clients. Following the standards of other RBVH locations, they will not accept clients from other area veterinarians; they will only welcome new patients from families moving to the area and from seasonal tourists.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Taylor at (609) 926-5300.