Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance blog. Our vision is to elevate the care and protection of Rocky Mountain wildlife by fostering a sense of community and collaboration among wildlife professionals through the Alliance. Our Mission is Wildlife!
Our blog is for dedicated wildlife professionals in the field of rehabilitation, education, veterinary medicine, biology, conservation, management and more. It's also for anyone interested in joining the field and who want to learn more about it.
I started working with animals when I was 17 years old, although my passion for animals started at a much younger age. I applied to volunteer at the Denver Dumb Friends League but within the same week I was hired on as veterinary staff at Foothills Animals Hospital in Lakewood, CO. I spent 8 wonderful years at Foothills, and the staff are still an integral part of my life, including being a founding partner for RMWA. Over my career I have worked in numerous animal hospitals, worked for the world’s largest dog training company, and founded and currently operate a successful pet care company. I also served as the Assistant Director for Colorado’s largest raptor center.
When I started my career with wildlife in 2011, I noticed critical components missing in the field. I observed that there was very little camaraderie or collaboration among the broad spectrum of wildlife professionals. In addition, there was no easy, affordable, local way to participate in continuing education on a regular basis. It is this need that I am passionate about, so in 2017, I launched the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance.
The Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving wildlife rehabilitators, educators, and native wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region. Our mission is two-fold: 1) to provide wildlife professionals operational resources, a professional support network, and fund-raising assistance, and: 2) to work together with wildlife professionals to elevate the care and protection of Rocky Mountain wildlife. We are an inclusive group of professionals and welcome all forms of scientifically proven techniques. Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance is committed to environmental stewardship, best practices in wildlife rehabilitation, science-based education, and promoting the highest standards throughout the profession and in the community. We are a movement gaining momentum that honors the work of those who forged the path before us as we seek to elevate the profession and its impact by fostering a sense of community and collaboration among wildlife professionals that aligns us through a shared vision. We are a united alliance because our Mission is Wildlife.