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 make sure you read the full requirements, materials needed, and specific dates and times for your prefered course before signing up.

All funds shown are in US dollars


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Welcome to the online version of our Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course. Basic online will take place over either 7-13 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 sessions and a lab 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 in the online classroom.

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

**Please Note: Because of limited class sizes, the focus on regional species and considerations, as well as issues with time zones, we recommend that students take courses within their region.

All funds shown are in US dollars

Locations (scroll to the bottom of the page for full schedules):

Evansville, IN (In-person Lab) – Mesker Park Zoo – January 11-17, 2021

US West Coast Class (Pacific Time Zone) – January 18-25, 2021 – Open for registration November 30th

Coming Soon:

North America – East Coast Class (Eastern Standard Time Zone)

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

-Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach (textbook)

-Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation  The January Indiana course will require 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. 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, pen light, 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.

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:


Offered Course Schedules 

Evansville, IN – January 11-17, 2021

January 11 – Monday: Live Lecture 6-7:00 PM EST

January 12 – Tuesday: Self Guided Lectures

January 13 – Wednesday: Live Lecture 6-8:30 PM EST

January 14 – Thursday: Self Guided Lectures

January 15 – Friday: Live Lectures 6-8:30 PM EST

January 16 – Saturday: Lab Day (Students choose one, two hour lab session)

Lab 1: 9-11:30 AM EST  Lab 2: 12:00 AM-2:30 PM EST   Lab 3: 3:00-5:30 PM EST

January 17 – Sunday: Mandatory Exam Review 5-6:00 PM EST

*All live sessions conducted over Zoom

**Please note that asynchronous sections (homework, pre-recorded labs, and exam) must be completed to receive credit for this course, these sections should take approximately 8 hours to complete and will be available in our Online classroom.

US West Coast Class (Pacific Time Zone) – January 18-25, 2021

January 18 – Monday: 7:00-8:00 PM PST

January 19 – Tuesday: Asynchronous Lectures

January 20 – Wednesday: 7:00-9:00 PM PST

January 21 – Thursday: 7:00-8:30 PM PST

January 22 – Friday: 7:00-9:30 PM PST

January 23 – Saturday: Asynchronous Lectures

January 24 – Sunday: Lab day (Students choose one, two hour lab session)

January 25 – Monday: 7:00-8:30 PM

*All live sessions conducted over Zoom

**Please note that asynchronous sections (homework, pre-recorded labs, and exam) must be completed to receive credit for this course, these sections should take approximately 8 hours to complete and will be available in our Online classroom.

Additional information

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Standard, Member

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Course Level

Tier 1

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Book Delivery

Kindle, ebook, Textbook, I already have both books for the class, Class Pick Up


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