Extension of the Month: Wildlife Rehabilitation MD Backup

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There is often a concern about losing data. We at The Wild Neighbors Database Project agree that loss of data would be a tragedy. We have taken several precautions to eliminate this from happening. We can never be 100% sure of anything when it comes to data. If your data is on paper there could be a fire or if it’s on a server, the server could be damaged. There could be any number of creative ways it could disappear no matter what we do to protect it.

Wildlife Rehabilitation MD Backup is designed to put our users minds at ease.  At anytime you can backup all of your data in your account to your computer, flash drive, dropbox account, etc. If you ever decide to leave WRMD you can take your data with you.

There are 2 ways you can save your data.

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The first way is to download it into a sql file. When you activate the Wildlife Rehabilitation MD Backup extension, a link will show up near the bottom of the left side bar. Click on this link and it will take you to the Wildlife Rehabilitation MD Backup page. Then click on Make New Backup and a new backup will be made. The file will be listed below which shows that it is saved on the WRMD server. If you click on the file name you can download it to where ever you choose. Keep in mind in order to access this data you must have someone who knows how to read this file and translate it for you.

The second way to save your data is to do a normal export of all the data to an excel file. This is much easier to read, but is a massive amount of information for excel to deal with easily.

Rest assured that we backup the database twice a day on two separate servers, just in case anything happens that is out of our control.


Extension of the Month: Quick Admit

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Wildlife Rehabilitation MD has many ways to extend it’s program. We sometimes add new extensions from our users great ideas. In order to publicize these extensions we are going to start promoting an Extension of the Month. Every month we are going to spotlight an extension and discuss it.

If you are unfamiliar with our extensions or how to use them, go watch the Extending Wildlife Rehabilitation MD Tutorial video.

It seems only natural for this months extension to be Quick Admit. In order to get all of this years records in by the end of the year, this extension will make it quicker and less painful.

About the Quick Admit Extension

Use this extension to quickly admit a case into your database. The only required fields are the species, number of patients to admit and the disposition. After the record is created, you will still need to fill in any required fields when updating the record.

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How to Use the Quick Admit Extension

  1. After activating this extension a link titled “Quick Admit” can be found at the top of the New Record screen.
  2. Once on the Quick Admit screen you will see a much smaller version of the New Record form.
  3. Use this new form to quickly add records to your database.
  4. You must identify the species and the number of individuals that are being admitted.
  5. By default the current date and time will be used as the date admitted and date found. You may adjust these as needed.
  6. You may optionally fill in the Observations and What fed fields as needed.

Screen ShotNote: If you are in a really big hurry and need to create a record pronto, then you can simply go to the Quick Admit screen and immediately press Create Record(s). This will create one record with a species of unknown and set the date admitted and date found to the current date. Then, at a time that is more convenient to you, you can update the species and dates as needed.