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Mange Treatment Course

WIRES online mange treatment course is designed to help those who are, or would like to be, actively involved in treating wombats with mange, on site.

WIRES is operating under an APVMA sub-permit, allowing use of Cydectin (Moxidectin) off-label for the treatment of wombat mange.

Mange is a skin infection caused by a parasitic mite. The disease is known by different names for different species. Although mange can affect different Australian mammals, it is best known for its often devastating impact on individual wombats and wombat populations across Australia.

As ongoing treatment is required for a period of time, mange infection in wild wombats can be difficult to treat. However, if left untreated likely symptoms are; severe scratching which can cause open wounds, hair loss, skin crusting and discolouration and weight loss. Death can subsequently result from the animal's suppressed immune system or secondary infections.

Using Cydectin (Moxidectin) as a topical treatment is currently recognised as the most effective way to treat wombats in situ. This mange treatment course teaches people the correct way to use Cydectin (Moxidectin), as per the permit conditions. The course also contains general information about mange and downloadable guides to constructing burrows flaps.

The development of WIRES’ mange treatment program was proudly supported by the Albert and Barbara Tucker Foundation.

The course is free for WIRES volunteers. Any volunteers needing help accessing the correct registration form can email training@wires.org.au. After the course WIRES volunteers can treat wombats under WIRES permit and under the supervision of regional Wombat Coordinators.

For external, licensed rehabilitators who are interested in completing the WIRES Mange Treatment Course, you may be eligible to undertake the course via the WIRES National Training Grant Programme. Please click here for more information on the WIRES National Training Grant Programme.


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