A Conversation about Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), 2.28.2022
This talk is designed for wildlife rehabilitators and facilities who have permanent education birds in their care. Dr. Victoria Hall and Gail Buhl will chat about the basics of the disease, how it transmits, why it is making headlines, and what general concepts rehabbers and facilities should keep in mind.
Dr. Victoria Hall, DVM, MS, DACVPM, is a veterinary epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota and the Executive Director of The Raptor Center. At The Raptor Center she oversees a team of spectacular professionals who treat over 1,000 injured raptors a year and care for 28 education ambassador birds that participate in over 1,200 education programs a year. Dr. Hall comes most recently from the Smithsonian Institution, where she created and implemented preparedness plans for Avian Influenza. She also served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responding to infectious disease outbreaks in both humans and animals.
Gail Buhl, BS in Biology, is the Partnership Coordinator for Partners for Wildlife, an initiative at The Raptor Center designed to help build excellence in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Gail has been a federally and state permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator since 2001. For most of her career she has managed, cared for, and trained collections of ambassador animals.