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Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation

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This is an introductory course for beginning or novice wildlife rehabilitators seeking formal education. It can also be an excellent refresher for the intermediate or experienced rehabilitator.

Please read the COVID-19 Safety Protocols for the IWRC Classroom before signing up for the course.

All funds shown are in US dollars.

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Fall 2024 class options to be available for registration in August.

Course costs

An introductory two-day course for the beginner wildlife or novice rehabilitator seeking formal education with a half-day hands-on lab! 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.

For the class schedule, refer to this sample syllabus as well as our Class Refund and Cancellation Policy.


The IWRC prioritizes the safety of our instructors, students, and hosts first and foremost during our classes. Our intention is not to exclude participants but to prevent disease transmission and safeguard everyone’s health. Students, hosts, or host representatives exhibiting signs of contagious illness (fatigue, cough, chills, fever greater than 100°F / 38°C , etc.) are asked to stay home. Anyone displaying obvious symptoms associated with illness may be asked to leave the facility at the discretion of the instructor and/or host. Students unable or unwilling to comply with the safety protocols are invited to join us in an Online Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation class here

Lecture Topics

  • Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation        • Fluid therapy
  • Animal welfare                                                 • Thermoregulatory medical problems
  • Admissions and identification                      • Nutrition
  • Capture and restraint                                     • Starvation and emaciation
  • Zoonoses                                                           • Wound management
  • Stress and shock                                              • Head and spinal trauma
  • Physical exam                                                   • Release criteria
  • Euthanasia                                                        • Housing

Required Materials

  • Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach
  • Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Lab kit, if attending a class based in North America

To receive a course completion certificate, students must successfully pass the exam, lab, and homework with 70% or higher.

This class is RACE approved for 15 CE. Please send us your license number and state of issue once you have registered. Your information will be uploaded via CE Broker to your RACEtrack account. Need a MyAAVSB account account to access RACEtrack?  Click here.

Have a large group you want to bring? Consider an Organizational Membership and contact us for special group pricing.

FYI Canada Classes: In addition to the rate charged by USPS, Canadian customs may charge extra fees on packages. Per the Canadian postal service, there is nothing we can do to predict or eliminate these charges.

FYI International Shipping: Please note, if ordering books/class materials that need to be shipped outside of the US,  international shipping can take 10 days or longer*. If you wish to get your books sooner it may be possible, however, some restrictions apply. Even if you choose and pay for express shipping the United States Postal Service (USPS) does not guarantee faster shipping times. If you choose express shipping, USPS will only refund your money if you reside in a country that is on their guarantee list, which can be found here: https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immc2_006.htm.

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, the shipping outside the US has been more variable and usually takes longer than normal. Please order as early as possible if taking a class outside the US and if you want physical books.

Additional information

Product Type



Standard, IWRC Member

Credit Hours (IWRC):


Course Level

Tier 1

Delivery Method




Book Delivery

textbook, ebook, textbook and ebook bundle, I already have both books for the class

Course Cost

Member class $137, Non-Member class $175, Books: Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation $35 ebook $40 print book, Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach Member ebook $56 Member print book $65, Non-Member ebook $61 Non-Member print book $72


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