The Falconry and Raptor Rehabilitation Club (usually referred to as UVMP Falconry and Rehabilitation) has 35 members, all of whom are veterinary students from 12 different countries across the world.
For many students this is their first contact with birds of prey. The club aims to give members experience in handling and caring for raptor patients with a focus on high welfare and appropriate husbandry. We do this by giving members the chance to care for a group of resident birds, observe clinical practice and actively participate in rehabilitation cases.
For those students who have an interest in falconry, the club gives them the opportunity to explore this further by participating in falconry meets and private hunts.
With 10 Norwegian members the club recently hosted Ellen Hagen, IAF Norway delegate for a small conference. We hope for greater collaboration with her in the future including the formation of a veterinary network.
At every opportunity the club aims to educate fellow students on the conservation of birds of prey, welfare of captive raptors and the culture of falconry. We always try and create a positive image of falconry amongst veterinary students as in the future they could be in positions of influence, helping to shape key laws and policies which could affect the world of falconry. We use social media, open days and public lectures to promote this agenda.
The club prides itself on giving students hands on experience which is not available to those attending other universities. We strive to educate as many people as possible while maintaining high welfare standards.
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