Wildlife Rehabilitation student, Tariana Nguyen, receives $5,000 NCVMA grant for program

Following a detailed and lengthy submission to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, junior Wildlife Rehabilitation student, Tariana Nguyen, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to purchase new equipment for the Dan and Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s surgical suite and classroom.

The NCVMA awarded five “High Five” grants to worthy organizations across North Carolina.

“Qualifying organizations were required to have veterinary involvement from a NCVMA member, be educational and benefit both the people and animals of North Carolina,” according to the NCVMA press release.

Nguyen’s submission proposed the purchase of a medical light with a camera installed in one the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s surgical suites, as well as a Bluetooth enabled, flat-screen monitor in a nearby classroom. The live streaming will allow more students to learn and witness procedures without obstructing space in the surgical suite.

The camera will also be able to record surgeries, giving both students and faculty the ability to look back at previous cases.

“The majority of medical procedures take place in the surgery suite, a 6 foot by 7 foot room that houses an operating table, equipment, and several bodies at once,” wrote Nguyen in her proposal. “The wildlife rehabilitation program at Lees-McRae has grown exponentially since its start and so there is always a crowd of students in the surgery suite, keen on seeing the center’s veterinarian, [Dr. Amber McNamara], work her magic.”

Nguyen explained that the “best solution is the simplest” and that was the installation of a camera over the operating table to project the scene in real time to a monitor nearby.

Nguyen’s proposal totaled $4,000 in equipment, installation and additional expenses. Surplus funds will be used to replace a scale used to weigh patients.

Students at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center are required to complete volunteer hours and serve as mentors later in their college careers. Nguyen said the proposal was an opportunity to help the Center in a very different way.

“All of us at the Center are working hands-on with [around 1,500 patients, 365 days a year],” Nguyen said. “For me, this was a totally different way to contribute to the success of the Center and help a place we love so much.”

Installation of the equipment is set for later this spring.

“Many thanks go to both Tariana Nguyen, whose persistence and enthusiasm helped craft a stellar application, and to the NCVMA for recognizing the positive work the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is accomplishing for wildlife and people alike,” Veterinarian Dr. Amber McNamara said.

To learn more about the Wildlife Rehabilitation program, visit here. To learn about the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, visit here.
By Nina MastandreaMarch 20, 2018