Online Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation

This is an online version of our introductory course for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education. It can also be an excellent refresher for the intermediate or experienced rehabilitator. Please read the full requirements and specific dates and times for your course before signing up. The ability to use and learn to use virtual learning tools is essential for success in this course. All funds shown are in US dollars.

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Locations – Our spring courses have now ended, stay tuned for the fall schedule    

†Travel considerations – please read the CDC guidelines on traveling and follow your local restrictions

**Because of limited class sizes, the focus on regional species and considerations, as well as issues with time zones, we ask that students take courses within their region. All funds shown are in US dollars

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

Welcome to the online version of our Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course. Please read the entire product description, class syllabus, as well as our refunds and cancellation policy before registering for this course— understanding the course requirements is your responsibility.  Basic online will take place over either 8-13 days depending on your location. This course is hybrid, meaning that it will be a combination of pre-recorded lectures and live lectures hosted on Zoom. The course may have either an in-person† or virtual lab so please read the description of your course carefully before signing up— you must attend all four live sessions and a lab, successfully complete the homework, forums, and an exam to achieve a passing grade. If you are signing up for a virtual lab, be sure you are able to get all the needed materials. Schedules vary depending on your location, please verify that you can attend all live lectures and one lab session before registering.

This course is for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education with a  hands-on lab! 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 during the course and in the online classroom.

Lecture topics include:

– Introduction to wildlife rehabilitation

– Basic anatomy and physiology

– Calculating fluid therapy

– Handling and physical restraint

– Stress and the basic shock cycle

– Initial care and physical examination

– Standards for housing

– Zoonoses

– Euthanasia criteria and release criteria  

Required Materials:

–Access to a computer with reliable internet and video/audio capabilities *To be successful in this course, you must be prepared and able to use an online classroom, video calls, and have the technological savvy this requires.

–Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach (textbook)

–Minimum Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation (book) *

**For Virtual Labs Only***

– Lab supply kit (included in the price of the course)

– An easy-to-clean location for procedures (at home or at a rehabilitation center) including table covering (Butcher paper, plastic sheeting, paper bags, etc.)

– A computer, smartphone or tablet with reliable internet

–1 mammal and 1 avian carcass. Carcasses for the lab may be acquired from commercial operations (i.e. pet stores, lab suppliers, etc.), please contact your host for suggestions for local suppliers if needed. Please note that you cannot use rabies vector species (such as raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) for our labs.  More information on rabies vector species: USA, Canada. If you are completing the lab at home please obtain feeder specimens as listed below:

            ● Mammals: Rat (Size Large or greater), Rabbit

            ● Birds: Pigeon/Dove, Quail, Chicken (Adult)

– Container for fluids (Large disposable cup, triangular graduated container, etc.)

– Sharps container (Make your own)

–Optional at-home lab supplies: Stethoscope, digital thermometer, penlight, gram scale, isopropyl alcohol 

***For in-person Labs Only***

– A smartphone, tablet, or personal computer and corresponding charger that you can bring to the lab

– An appropriate mask

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

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:  

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Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 5 × 3 in

Standard, Member

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Course Level

Tier 1

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Book Delivery

ebook, Textbook, I already have both books for the class, Class Pick Up, ebook for standards (delivered later) and Textbook for Comprehensive, Textbook & ebook


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