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Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation – Kingston, RI September 27-28, 2014

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Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation - Bainbridge Island, WA October 4-5, 2014

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Pain and Wound Management - Bainbridge Island, WA October 6, 2014

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Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation – Cincinnati, OH December 1-2, 2014

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Zoonoses - Cincinnati, OH December 1, 2014

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Rabies Vector Species Training

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Pain and Wound Management - Cincinnati, OH December 2, 2014

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Course Descriptions

Course Title: Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation

Delivery Method: Classroom, This is a TWO (2) day class.

Hours are 8:00 am – 5:30 pm first day and approximately 8 am – 3 pm second day.

Price: IWRC member $150, Non member $190

CE Hours: 15
This is an introductory course for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education. Lecture topics include: introduction to wildlife rehabilitation, basic anatomy and physiology, calculating fluid therapy, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, nutrition and associated diseases, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria.

This class is meant to be a flipped classroom experience.  We challenge you to do your homework and readings before you get to your class. This will facilitate a richer learning experience in the classroom.

Lab topics include gavage (tube-feeding), physical restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams, limb immobilization and weighing. Lab procedures are performed on cadavers.


Course Title: Pain and Wound Management

Delivery Method: Classroom This is a one day class. Hours are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Price: IWRC member $105, Non member $125

CE Hours: 10 (3 Pain Management and 7 Wound Management)

When taught live, these two courses are provided as a package with total classroom time of eight hours. However, two certificates will be provided to participants upon successful completion.

Developed specifically for wildlife care professionals, Wound Management provides a systematic review of the physiology and treatment of the most common types of soft-tissue wounds seen in injured mammalian and avian species. Topics include wound assessment, wound types, antibiotic therapy, cleaning and topical agents, bandaging techniques and the physiology and stages of wound healing. Fractures and wound management in herpetiles are not covered in this course. Lab Included.

Pain Management is designed to give wildlife care professionals a working knowledge of the vocabulary and concepts underlying the modern approach to pain management in mammalian and avian species. Topics include the physiology and clinical signs of pain, supportive care techniques, and drug therapy including indications, contraindications and side effects.


Course Title: Zoonoses

Delivery Method: Classroom This is a four hour class. Hours are 8 am – 12 pm.

Price: IWRC member $65, Non member $85

CE Hours: 5 Classroom

Wildlife rehabilitators work with animals that are ill or injured. One risk of our profession is the potential exposure to zoonotic diseases (diseases passed from animals to humans). Rehabilitators are viewed as a community resource due to our extensive outreach and education, and are often turned to for information regarding zoonotic diseases. This course provides information on the risks, prevention, and management of zoonoses, including acting as a resource to the public for information on zoonotic diseases.


Course Title: Rabies Vector Species Training

Delivery Method: Classroom This is a four hour class. Hours are 1 pm – 5 pm.

Price: IWRC and OWRA member $15, Non member $22

Rabies Vector Species (RVS) training is a 4-hour class provided by the Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and approved by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. This workshop, or equivalent, is required by ODW in order to accept rabies vector species.


Course Title: Parasitology and Zoonoses

Delivery Method: Classroom This is a one day class. Hours are 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Online On Demand

Price: IWRC member $105, Non member $125

CE Hours: 10 Classroom, 5 Online On Demand

All animals have parasites. Understanding them leads to better care of wildlife in rehabilitation and can reduce the spread of disease. Parasitology is a comprehensive course covering individual parasites, their life cycles, and their transmission to new hosts. In this course you begin to learn how to identify the diagnostic forms, the treatments to use and also the zoonotic potential for many varieties of parasites.


Course Title: Reuniting Raptors

Delivery Method: Classroom  CE Hours: 5.5 (proposed)

Most healthy nestling raptors ‘rescued’ by the public are not truly orphans, and it’s generally agreed their best option is to be reunited with parents or fostered to another nest, so they can grow up in the wild in the care of wild adults. Reuniting and fostering also relieves stress on overcrowded rehabilitation facilities during baby season. But many wildlife rehabilitators lack the knowledge and tools for reuniting.

This course is designed to provide the essential know-how for licensed wildlife rehabilitators to reunite or foster most species of North American raptors.