On May 18 we Welcomed Our 100’th Account!
This is an incredible achievement for us and we are very proud that so many have chosen to use Wildlife Rehabilitation MD at their centers.
The 100’th account is Wildtracks in Sarteneja, Belize, a wildlife conservation and rehabilitation organization that specializes in the care of West Indian manatees, Yucatan black howler monkeys and Geoffroy’s spider monkeys.
Wildtracks was established in 1990, and registered as a Belize non-profit organization in 1996. Since their inception, they have rescued and cared for numerous manatees with injuries sustained from boat collisions as well as calves separated from their mothers. Nearly all their monkey’s are confiscated by the Belize Forest Department from the illegal pet trade. They are sometimes found living in horrific conditions, chained to a post or if they are lucky a tree. All three species are endangered globally and face growing threats in Belize such as deforestation and the illegal pet trade.
We are very honored to be a partner with Wildtracks in their efforts to rehabilitate and release these incredible animals. Now, for the first time, they will be able to see a much broader picture of the animals they have cared for the past years. We will be working with them to help adjust Wildlife Rehabilitation MD to suite their very specialized needs. Their rehabilitation efforts are profoundly needed in Belize and with the data they are collecting in Wildlife Rehabilitation MD, they will be able to work with the Belize Forest Department to better protect these endangered species.
One of the hardest requests we receive has been about custom fields. We can’t create a field for all the different types of information that centers record. We can only extensively generalize what most rehabilitation facilities will need. This is why Custom Fields was created. Sometimes there is something that you have to record regularly and it is a necessity.
About the Custom Fields Extension
Custom fields are used when you have something that you would like to record, but Wildlife Rehabilitation MD does not offer the appropriate field. You can add in your own custom field at the top or the bottom of any box. For example, if you have a special identification number that your local Animal Services department uses and you need to record that number you could use Custom Fields to add a input field to the top or bottom of the Identity box called “Animal Services ID#”.
Before using the Custom Fields extension, keep in mind that creating a custom field just for the simplicity of creating one may not be the best solution for your needs. If you plan to use your custom field on a regular basis then clearly it was a good and useful decision to add it in. However we strongly encourage you to use the fields available in Wildlife Rehabilitation MD. By doing so, your data is following the same standards as other Wildlife Rehabilitation MD accounts and will ensure consistency of data collected on each patient. If there is data that you need to record but no appropriate field exists, we suggest that you keep that data in the “continued treatment” field.
How to use the Custom Fields Extension
When the Custom fields extension is activated, a settings link will appear on the left sidebar within the settings section. Select Manage Custom Fields. Choose the tab for the box that you wish to add a field into. Using the “Animal Services ID#” example above, you would select Identity. Then select Add Identity Field. The location of the new field will either be on the top or bottom of the existing native fields. You can not add a field in between existing fields. Fill in the field label and choose the field type.
Short text field A short text field that allows any type of value.
Long text field A long text field that allows any type of value.
Date field A text field that only allows dates as values.
Number field A text field that only allows numbers as values.
Select list A drop down pick list of options you specify. If you choose a select list then must add the options for that list in the Options field.
Lastly specify any validation rules that you want to apply to your new field. For example you could make the new field required.
If you need to edit or delete a custom field, click on the circle arrow icon to edit it or the trash can icon to delete it.
On Saturday May 10 at 12:15 am PST we will be performing maintenance on the server that Wildlife Rehabilitation MD is hosted on.
This maintenance is being performed to update the code base and database architecture with enhancements that are designed to allow users to sign into multiple Wildlife Rehabilitation MD accounts using a single set of sign in credentials. For specific details on the upgrades visit wrmd.org/about/updates.
Users should avoid using Wildlife Rehabilitation MD between Saturday May 10 at 12:15 am and 1:30 am PST or you may experience odd behaviors from the site.
As always, if you have any further questions, please contact our support team.