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.

Lab Supplies: bandage scissors; 1, 3, 35, & 60 ml syringes; 18 & 22 g needles; 1″ zonas tape; 1″ micropore tape; 2″ roll cotton; 2″ stretch gauze; 2″ vetwrap, telfa pad, cotton balls, gavage tubes, rubber topped tube, medical gloves.

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Upcoming Classes

10/21/23 – 10/22/23 | Eaton Rapids, Michigan | Host: Wildside Rehabilitation and Education Center | Instructor: Lloyd Brown | Registration closes: 10/05/23*
* Will close sooner than deadline if maximum capacity is reached.

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.

BE ADVISED: IWRC reserves the right to cancel a course if deemed necessary for health and safety. All students, instructors, and host representatives are recommended to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in the class facility. Social distancing should be observed during our courses. Any students exhibiting signs of COVID-19 (fatigue, dry cough, fever greater than 100°F / 37.77°C, etc.) will be asked to stay home. Students displaying obvious symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be asked to leave the facility at the instructor and or host’s discretion. You are also asked to bring all your own food and drink. All students must read the COVID-19 Safety Protocols for the IWRC Classroom before signing up for the course to ensure they can comply with all of our safety requirements. Students unable or unwilling to comply with the COVID-19 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:

*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


Eaton Rapids, Michigan


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