National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA)

NWRA Wildlife Medicine Course

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The purpose of the NWRA Wildlife Medicine Course is to provide an opportunity for professional students in accredited veterinary schools to gain formal training in medicine, surgery, and captive management of native wildlife species.

The NWRA Wildlife Medicine Course curriculum consists of a two–day (weekend) seminar with both didactic and hands–on training via wet labs. The sponsoring veterinary schools provide supplies needed for the wet labs, and lunch and refreshments for the course attendees. A course manual is provided at no additional cost to the participants. This manual consists of a >400–page compilation of peer–reviewed information provided in electronic format, as well as handouts corresponding to the lecture materials.

In order to provide the most practical information possible in just a two–day course, the course emphasis is on care of animals brought to private practices (emergency and/or medical care), with a more general overview of the various aspects of the rehabilitation process.

  • The lectures on the first day of the course place emphasis on the legalities and ethics of wildlife rehabilitation, the role of the veterinarian when working with the rehabilitator, and emergency stabilization of the patient. The lectures on the second day expose the students to specific diseases, diagnostic procedures, and treatment regimens for the wildlife patient.
  • The lab portion of the course provides extensive hands–on opportunities on the first day, and a “self–test” format on day two, allowing students to apply what they see and hear in the lectures that weekend.
  • A certificate of attendance is provided to students upon completion of the course.
  • Click here for a copy of the Annotated Course Agenda.

  • The University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, in January 2000
  • The University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, in January 2000 and December 2007
  • The University of Wisconsin–Madison, College of Veterinary Medicine, in March 2000 and February 2007
  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Dec 2000 and Nov 2009
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2001
  • Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College, in November 2001 and March 2010
  • Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, in 2001
  • Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2002
  • The Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, in April 2004
  • University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, in April 2006 and 2008
  • Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in March 2008
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, in September 2008
  • Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in April 2009
  • University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, in April 2010
  • North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in August 2010
  • Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in March 2012
  • Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, in September 2013
  • Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, in November 2013
  • University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, in November 2015
  • University of Minnesota, in January 2016
  • Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, in April 2016
  • Western University, in November 2016

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