Standardized Terminology

Comprehensive, Integrated Database
Wild animals presented to professionally staffed wildlife care centers represent an untapped source of information on a vast and diverse array of wild animals across the country. A major impediment to the collection of this wildlife and environmental health data is the lack of a comprehensive, integrated database. As data-management programs designed for wildlife are developed, there will be a growing opportunity to standardize data sets and terminology to facilitate data collection and sharing by wildlife care centers.

Standardized Terminology
The Clinical Wildlife Health Initiative (CWHI) has worked with a cross section of wildlife rehabilitation professionals and wildlife care centers to create, share, and steward standardized terminology unique to wildlife rehabilitation. CWHI has also worked with developers of medical records programs to use this standardized terminology in their programs and approached regulatory authorities about incorporating this standardized data set and terminology into administrative reporting forms.


Funding for the production of online and in-person coursework in the use of standardized terminology is being sought. For more information, please contact Michelle Willette at wille203@umn.edu.