The WIRES Community Mange Treatment Program is designed to help those who are, or would like to be, actively involved in treating wombats with mange, in situ.
WIRES is operating under an APVMA sub-permit, allowing use of Cydectin (Moxidectin) and a minor-use permit, allowing the use of Bravecto (fluralaner), 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 may be 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) or Bravecto (fluralaner) as a topical treatment is currently recognised as the most effective way to treat wombats in situ. The WIRES Community Mange Treatment Program teaches people the correct way to use these products, as per the associated permit conditions. The course also contains general information about mange and downloadable guides to constructing burrows flaps.
Individuals residing in NSW are now able to treat wombats in situ under the WIRES license. Click here to read more about the Community Mange Treatment Program. This is a free program aimed at members of the community.
External, licensed wildlife rehabilitators:
For licensed rehabilitators who are not WIRES members or rehabilitation groups who are interested in completing this training, this can be accessed through WIRES National Training Library. This course is offered completely online and is available to eligible participants for $15. The course covers the below content:
- Introduction to wombats in Australia
- Introduction to mange symptoms and transmission
- Work Health and Safety
- Treatment of Joeys
- Wombats in the community
WIRES members who are interested in getting involved in the treatment of wombats with mange, can access the WIRES Mange Treatment Course specific to members, by emailing [email protected].