Golden Eagle with wounded wing. Courtesy photo
The New Mexico Wildlife Center has announced the addition of several local veterinarians to its volunteer animal care team. Dr. Julie Breer, Dr. Bridget Lyman and Dr. Nicole Walrath, all of Smith Veterinary Hospital, will be helping treat injured and orphaned wild animals admitted to the wildlife hospital.
Dr. Sarah Sirica of the Thaw Animal Hospital and Dr. Michelle Salob, staff veterinarian at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter,” round out the group of veterinarians who will be assisting in the hospital. Dr. Sirica has been with the Center the longest, having started volunteering this past summer at Center.
“We are very excited to have such a talented and experienced medical team working with us Executive Director Melissa H. Moore said. “Our goal is to provide the best care possible for our wildlife patients, and these vets are a dedicated group who can help us do just that.”
With the creation of this new veterinary team, the hospital re-opened its doors to patients in December after a brief closure late this fall for remodeling and staff training. New Mexico Wildlife Center has cared for nearly 550 injured and orphaned wild animals so far this year, returning as many as 60% to the wild after treatment. The Center is also currently looking for non-veterinary volunteers to assist in the hospital.
While our wildlife hospital is not open to the public, all are welcome to visit New Mexico Wildlife Center and view our outdoor gardens and our Animal Ambassadors – hawks, owls, eagles, bobcats, reptiles and many others.
The New Mexico Wildlife Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, throughout the year and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years’ Day.
The New Mexico Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization working to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships and responsible wildlife rehabilitation.