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Dr. Amber McNamara named new Clinic Director at CROW

By Staff | Aug 24, 2010

Dr. Amber McNamara, seen giving medical care to a gopher tortoise, was named CROW's Clinic Director on Monday. She first came to the wildlife rehabilitation hospital in 2001.

On Monday, the Board of Directors of CROW (The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) officially announced that Dr. Amber A. McNamara has accepted the position of Clinic Director for the wildlife organization. She replaces Dr. PJ Deitschel, who resigned last month in order to assist the Gulf oil spill emergency wildlife response team.

As Clinic Director, Dr. Amber — as she is affectionately known to her friends and colleagues — will provide and oversee medical care for CROW’s sick and injured native and migratory wildlife patients.

McNamara initially came to CROW in 2001 as part of a student externship and returned as a veterinary intern in 2003. She was named staff veterinarian in 2006.

A resident of Cape Coral, McNamara is a graduate of Purdue University School of Medicine. She also graduated from the Chi Institute in 2007, where licensed veterinarians master traditional Chinese medicine skills including veterinary acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

“CROW’s tradition of providing quality medical care to our patients is my highest priority,” said McNamara, who becomes the seventh veterinarian in CROW’s history to supervise patient care. “With the support of the clinic staff, our students, volunteers, the board of directors, members, donors and CROW supporters, it takes a concerted effort to care for these patients and to teach about preventing their injury and neglect.”

“The members of the board and I are happy that Dr. Amber has accepted this promotion because it enhances the continuity of patient care at CROW,” added Susan Petersen Tucker, board president. “She is a trusted leader, protector of wildlife and very deserving of the position.”

CROW provides high quality medical care in its clinic to more than 4,000 patients annually, representing over 200 different wildlife species. Recognizing that much of the trauma experienced by wildlife is impacted by people, CROW’s mission includes increasing public awareness of how human population growth and activity can adversely impact wildlife.

"The entire CROW family is excited to welcome Dr. Amber as Clinic Director as we continue to save lives together with compassion, care and education," said executive director Steve Greenstein.

In addition to providing medical care at its clinic, CROW strives to prevent injuries to wildlife through a variety of educational programs in its Healing Winds Visitor Education Center and in the community with programs designed to teach people to care for and care about our native wildlife populations.

To learn more about CROW, visit www.crowclinic.org or call 472-3644.