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Online Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation

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

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All courses for the fall and winter 2021 schedule are now closed. Please stay tuned for the spring 2022 schedule to be announced soon.


All funds shown are in US dollars

*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. If you are signing up for a class outside of your time zone, we recommend using a time zone converter like this one.

Please ensure you read the entire product description, class Syllabus 2021, as well as our Class Refund and Cancelation Policy before registering for this course.

Welcome to the online version of our Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course. This course is for beginning wildlife or novice rehabilitators seeking formal education with a  hands-on lab! The structure is a hybrid format of live video lectures hosted on Zoom, giving you access to the expertise and knowledge of our instructors, paired with asynchronous (pre-recorded) sections which you complete on your own. We estimate that live lectures will total about 7 hours and asynchronous work (homework, pre-recorded lectures, and exam) will take about 8+ hours. Basic online will take place over 8 days but may vary depending on your location.

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 (listed below). Schedules vary depending on your location, please verify that you can attend all live lectures and one lab session before registering.

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.

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


Lecture topics include:

  • 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:

– Access to a computer with reliable internet and video/audio capabilities

– Wildlife Rehabilitation: A Comprehensive Approach

– Standards for Wildlife Rehabilitation

*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.

***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 and are not under a current wildlife rehabilitation permit please obtain feeder specimens as listed below:

            ● Mammals (over 175 grams in weight): 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: https://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immc2_006.htm

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

Offered Course Schedules 

All live sessions conducted over Zoom in the time zone noted

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

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 5 × 3 in

Standard, Member

Credit Hours (IWRC):


Course Level

Tier 1

Delivery Method




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


Texas, West Coast, Kentucky, AB/Mountain, Michigan, Rhode Island, East Coast


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