Our Mission

The Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (FWRA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the unification, education and dissemination of information to all wildlife rehabilitators in Florida.

FWRA Purposes

  • To provide an organizational structure within which various individuals and organizations involved in the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife may exchange information.

  • To provide training and assistance to individuals and organizations involved in the rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife.

  • To increase public awareness through educational means of and support for the activities of wildlife rehabilitators.

  • To engage in such other activities as are permitted by Florida Law.

FWRA Board of Directors   

Executive Committee

Beth Hirschfeld, DVM, CVA VMO - President
Owner of Hirschfeld Veterinary Consulting, Inc. Certified in acupuncture and cold laser therapy, providing in home therapy, nutritional counseling and euthanasia services in the south Florida area since 2003. Veterinary medical officer and disaster responder for VMAT and NVRT 3. Works as a per diem surgeon for non profits, shelters, private practices and wildlife facilities. Works as a consultant for FWS, FWC, shelters, wildlife hospitals and centers across the country. Veterinarian for Flamingo Gardens and privately owned, permitted captive wildlife. Board member of HDEC & Miami-Dade Community College Veterinary Technology Program.  Holds USFWS & FFWCC Wildlife Rehab Permits, DEA License and USDA certification. 

Dan Martinelli - Vice President

Executive Director, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit, FL Class I, II, III License, Scientific Education Permit Eagle, venomous reptiles, conditional species Possession Permit Captive Wildlife Technical Advisory Group, FFWCC Health Department Rabies Task Force, West Nile Virus Task Force, Martin County Consultant to Martin County Sheriff’s Office - Animal Control Division Advisory group for animal care and control Martin County Board of County Commissioners.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1975 

Margaret "Noni" Beck - Vice President/Symposium
Director, Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Tallahassee, FL Analyst, Florida Department of Health USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1990.

Deb Anderson, DVM - Secretary

Owner Sundog Veterinary Services, Inc. Offering per diem services to Wildlife, Zoo and Shelter facilities. First intern in wildlife medicine and surgery at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Certifications in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Large animal therapeutic massage, Veterinary Dentistry, and Veterinary Ultrasound. Former Director of Veterinary Services Wildlife Care Center (Now South Florida Wildlife Center). Former contract or staff veterinarian for Flamingo Gardens, Brevard Zoo, Florida Wildlife Center.
Involved in wildlife rehab since 1988.

Sue Small - Treasurer
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1997.

Board Members at Large

Leslie Johnson - Symposium steering committee
Home based Sub permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator for The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center  of Central Florida. Christmas, FL. Retired marine trade regional sales manager. Orlando, FL. B.S business management/economics Rollins College.


Dianna Flynt - Nomination Committee, Newsletter

Rehabilitation Supervisor, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Maitland, FL. FWS & FFWC wildlife rehab & possession permit, Eagle exhibition permits Wildlife Alert Committee Member. Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1974.

Wyn "Winnie" Varcoe Burns - Membership and Symposium Committee
Director, Creature Safe Place, Fort Pierce, FL USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit St. Lucie County SART.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1992

Debbie Helsel - Membership and Symposium Committee
Executive Director, Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge and Education Center, Orlando. USFWS & FFWCC Wildlife Rehab & Possession/Education Permit, FWC Class I, II, III License, Scientific Collection Education Permit, USDA License, Reverend & Energy healing medicine practitioner, Doctorate-Metaphysical Studies and Spirituality

Advisory Board

Dorothy W Kaufmann
Director, Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, Inc., Pensacola, FL USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab & possession Permit, FL Class I, II, III License, Eagle possession.
Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1994.

Vered Nograd, CVT - Veterinary Committee 
Consulting rehabber Miami Science Museum, Tamarac FL USFWS & FFWCC wildlife Rehab Permit. Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 1993 

Phyllis Benton
USFWS Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit; US Virgin Islands DPNR Bat Rehabilitation and Possession Permit; Virgin Islands Audubon Society Board Member. Other activities: Amateur Radio Emergency Services; St. John Amateur Radio Club; Virgin Islands Amateur Radio Weather Net.

Sandra Renne
FFWCC  Wildlife possession and Rehabilitation Permit, Volunteer at the Von Arx Wildlife Hospital, Naples, FL. Trained OSHA Instructor,  Florida Healthcare Risk Manager, Certified Physician Assistant , State Certified Paramedic. Involved in wildlife Rehabilitation since 2010

Beth Lott
Raptor Clinic Technician/Volunteer & Intern Coordinator. Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. B.S. in Environmental Studies. Wildlife Education permit. Involved in wildlife rehab since 1999.

Samantha Little, CVT
Raptor Veterinary Technician. Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Maitland, FL. Involved with wildlife rehabilitation since 2001.

Yvette Carrasco, CWR
Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Sanibel, FL. Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 2013.

Melissa Fox, CVT, CWR
Hospital manager, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Sanibel, FL. Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 2014.

Emily Holden
Supervisor of Animal Care, Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, Inc., Pensacola, Fl.  BS in psychology. Involved in wildlife rehabilitation since 2011.

 
 
 
 

 
         
Florida Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
P.O. Box 411087, Melbourne, FL 32941