Large Mammal Incidents

According to the 'Memorandum of Understanding' between RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) the following arrangement has been made:

1. During practice hours small wild mammals and wild birds should be treated free of charge if they are brought to a veterinary surgery. Vets are obliged by their professional code to provide any necessary pain relief or euthanasia.

2. Out of practice hours, or if a larger wild animal is involved e.g. a deer, the RSPCA will contribute to the cost of the IET (Initial Emergency Treatment) or euthanasia.

3. The RSPCA’s contribution will only be approved if a vet, not a member of the public, rings the RSPCA before the treatment is undertaken. The vet needs to obtain an incident number and treatment will be agreed on a case by case basis.

The RSPCA recommendation is as follows:

"If it’s safe to catch and handle the animal, then, wearing suitable gloves, quickly place it into a secure cardboard box with ventilation holes, lined with towel or newspaper. Keep the animal quiet and take it to a vet, RSPCA wildlife centre or local wildlife rehabilitator, (but note not all have been inspected by the RSPCA). It’s often faster to take an animal to a vet yourself as your nearest RSPCA officer may be out of the area attending other calls. If you are unable to transport the animal, call 0300 1234 999.”

However, the RSPCA has recently introduced an additional step applicable for out of hours incidents only. If the finder of the animal wants to pay for everything, then simply call the vet surgery, and the vet will help. If the finder of the animal does not want to pay for call out charges, pain relief or euthanasia, then the finder of the animal needs to ring the RSPCA first (0300 1234 999), meaning before getting the animal to the veterinary surgeon. The next step is that one has obviously to inform the veterinary surgeon on call, who will have to come in to assess the injured animal. The vet surgeon on call will then ring the RSPCA to negotiate that the cost for pain relief, euthanasia or any other treatment will be covered partly or completely by the RSPCA.

Any veterinary surgery will be sufficient during daytime. However, the veterinary surgery Green and Forster in Newport is always to recommend. Out of hours, Green and Forster is the only RSPCA approved out of hours veterinary surgery for the island. However, the animal should only be handled and brought to a veterinary surgery, if the finder is capable of safely handling the situation. If this is not the case, then the RSPCA needs to send out an Animal Collection Officer to take care of the animal.

You may also contact us for help or advice by using our website messaging service, which we will provide if we are available and able to. Please note that we will not be able, neither physically nor financially, to provide an animal collection or rescue service on a regular or guaranteed basis.


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