Thursday, November 10 & Friday, November 11, 2016
IWRC Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation Seminar
On November 10 & 11, the Wildlife Center is pleased to host the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation seminar. This two-day introductory course covers an introduction to wildlife rehab, basic anatomy and physiology, handling and physical restraint, thermoregulation, stress, basic shock cycle, initial care and physical examination, fluid therapy, standards for housing, zoonoses, euthanasia criteria and release criteria. The course includes a half-day lab to practice techniques in gavage (tube-feeding), physical restraint, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, physical exams, limb immobilization and weighing. The full course offers 15 Continuing Education Credits.
Friday, November 11
Introduction to Wildlife Rehabilitation [2 hrs]
Interested in helping wildlife, but not sure where to start? This class offers a comprehensive overview of how to help wildlife, whether you’ll obtain your permit or not. Learn when and how to intervene with orphaned and injured wildlife and where to get the right wildlife advice. Discover ways to get involved, including how to become a permitted wildlife rehabilitator in Virginia. Discussion will include wildlife laws, the rehabilitator’s code of ethics, and considerations on becoming a wildlife rehabilitator. While the specific laws will pertain to Virginia, the information is applicable to any U.S. resident!
Wildlife Rehabilitation 101 [2 hrs]
This course is ideal for those starting in wildlife rehabilitation. Discussion focuses on helping the new rehabilitator decide which species he/she would like to and can rehabilitate. The class will also include the who, what, when, where, and why of setting up a home rehabilitation room/facility, and will include information on stocking the appropriate equipment and supplies. The importance of natural history will be emphasized, and attendees will learn how to develop an animal nutrition plan.
Wildlife Capture, Restraint, Handling, & Transportation [2 hrs]
Learn effective capture, restraint, and handling techniques for a variety of species and situations. This class includes photos and videos of appropriate capture and restraint techniques of some of the most commonly seen species in wildlife rehabilitation. Discussion includes the importance of learning and developing skills to properly ensure the safety of both you and the animal. We’ll also cover essential transporting tips to keep the animal as stress-free as possible.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
What’s That Smell? An Introduction to Skunk Rehabilitation
Skunks are playful, adorable, and wonderful animals to rehabilitate; however, they can be intimidating to those who have no previous experience with them. This class will cover the basic rehabilitation of Virginia's Striped Skunk from infancy to release, plus a few tricks and tips we have picked up over the years of rehabilitating them at Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jessie Cole, Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary
Reuniting and Wild-fostering Birds
Reuniting methods for birds depend on an understanding of their nesting behavior, which varies widely from species to species. Cavity or open-cup nest? Territorial or colonial breeder? Precocial or altricial? Flighted or grounded as fledglings? Examples of reuniting methods for a variety of birds are presented, along with a discussion of their behavioral differences—and why they matter.
Anne Miller, AL
Caring for the Loud “Flying Cigars”: A Guide to Rehabilitation and Release of Chimney Swifts
This class will provide participants with an overview on chimney swift rehabilitation.
Sabrina Garvin, Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke
Reuniting Mammals: Understanding Maternal Behavior
Understanding maternal behavior is the key to success in reuniting healthy young mammals. The presenter has had many years of experience reuniting raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels and birds in an urban setting, and documents many reunions with videos demonstrating maternal behavior and the amazing strength of the maternal bond in a variety of species.
John Griffin, The Humane Society of the United States
Wildlife Medication Administration Training**
This course is designed to teach wildlife rehabilitators how to administer medications prescribed by their veterinarians both safely and accurately. We will cover terminology, types of medications, an overview of medication effects, ways to prepare and administer medications, the proper handling, storage and disposal of medication, and current hot topics like antibiotic resistance and adverse drug events.
Dr. Kelli Knight, Wildlife Center of Virginia
Interactive Reuniting Roundtable
The moderators of this interactive roundtable will answer questions and discuss case histories from the audience focusing on problems and concerns about specific reuniting cases. The moderators will also challenge the audience with unusual reuniting cases to demonstrate how to develop an appropriate reuniting strategy for a variety of bird and mammal species, based on their behavioral differences.
Anne Miller, AL & John Griffin, The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, D. C.
Partnership for Success—the Critical Relationship Between Rehabilitator and Veterinarian**
The interaction between wildlife rehabilitators and their cooperating veterinarians can range from a close collaboration and life-saving partnership to a simple signature on a permit application and the exchange of Christmas cards. Potentially, the working relationship between the veterinary practitioner and the permitted rehabilitator is one of the most important factors in determining if wild patients live or die. This panel will explore what it takes to build that strong working relationship from many perspectives. Panelists include wildlife rehabilitators, cooperating veterinarians, agency personnel, and others. They will explore the medical, ethical, legal, regulatory, and financial aspects of wildlife medicine/rehabilitation, and the critical steps required for building an effective partnership.
Ed Clark, Wildlife Center of Virginia; Panelists include: Dr. Kelly Gottschalk, Wellesley Animal Hospital; Dr. Heather Jenkins Brazzell, Healing Springs Animal Hospital; Barbara Slatcher, Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator
Debilitated and Emaciated Orphaned Mammals**
This session is an overview of assessing and caring for compromised orphaned wild mammals. It will include triage and initial assessment upon admission as well as the common conditions that can arise while in captive care.
Halley Buckanoff, CVT, Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, North Carolina Zoological Park
Have You Read Your Permit Conditions … Lately?**
This session will be an informal discussion of the permit conditions related to Virginia wildlife rehabilitator permits. Each individual permit condition will be briefly discussed along with related wildlife protection laws. A review of the veterinary-related permit conditions will also be included. At the end, recent non-specific issues with rehabilitators will be discussed and questions from the participants will be entertained.
Randy Francis, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
When Good Wounds Get Bad: A Wound Management Workshop**
Wound management can be simple, but it involves a comprehensive care plan that considers all factors contributing to and affecting the wound and the patient. Simple actions can prevent good wounds from getting bad. Good management of a wound can prevent long recoveries, surgery, or long-term problems. During the lab, discussion includes how to manage simple and complicated wounds, when they need specialized veterinary care, and what rehabilitators can do with limited resources to prevent wound complications.
Dr. Ernesto Dominguez, Wildlife Center of Virginia
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Upward and Onward--a facilitated discussion for Virginia's wildlife rehabilitation community
Join us for free pizza and beverages to discuss issues facing the rehabilitation community in Virginia. Home-based rehabilitators, rehab facilities, and DGIF will be represented. Help us build a plan of action to move rehabilitation in Virginia to the next level of excellence. Open to those holding a current permit to rehabilitate wildlife in Virginia.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Fear the Free-Roaming Feline: An Update on Cat-caught Admissions to Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities**
In the last several years there have been many studies and articles published on the impact of free-roaming domestic cats on wildlife predation and disease transmission. This talk summarizes the information for wildlife rehabilitators and also discusses the results of an 11-year retrospective study on cat-associated wildlife patient admissions to the Wildlife Center of Virginia and a five-year study in more than 80 rehabilitation facilities in the United States.
Dr. Dave McRuer, Wildlife Center of Virginia
Practical Wildlife Endoparasitology**
Yes, it is true that many wildlife species have some level of parasitic infection throughout their lives and that this may not be associated with any clinical disease. So why do you need to know about wildlife parasites? This lecture will provide an overview of relevant parasites in wildlife species with an emphasis on their life cycles. By understanding life cycles, rehabilitators will be better equipped to understand how the animal was infected, if the parasite can infect other wildlife patients or contaminate your facility, and how to assess whether or not treatment is necessary.
Dr. Michele Goodman, Webbed Foot Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, PA
Black Bear 101: The Basics about Black Bears in Virginia, Their Management, and How to Peacefully Coexist
With expanding populations of both people and bears, interactions are a common occurrence across Virginia. Perception and education have a great deal of influence on how people respond to bears. Most fears about black bears are perpetuated by misinformation and sensationalism. One of the most important things we can do for both people and bears is to replace the misinformation about bears with facts. This presentation will attempt to give you the information you need to truly appreciate this incredible animal.
Jaime Sajecki, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Initial Assessment and Care of Herptiles**
Herps are a broad category of animals including but not limited to turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, and salamanders. This session will cover the initial triage and basic considerations for caring for such a diverse group of animals.
Halley Buckanoff, Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, North Carolina Zoological Park
Loon, Grebe, Diving Duck, and Sea Duck Rehabilitation
It's all about the waterproofing! Successful rehabilitation of these sensitive species requires access to clean water and innovative housing solutions to prevent contamination of feathers by food or feces. Common reasons for presentation, adequate nutrition, and prevention of secondary injuries will also be discussed.
Brie Hashem, Wildlife Center of Virginia
Waterfowl Rehabilitation Strategies – Dealing with Sensitive Species**
There is more to waterfowl rehabilitation than mallards and Canada geese. Sensitive waterfowl species often present to wildlife rehabilitation facilities and can be quite challenging to rehabilitate. This lecture will provide rearing and rehabilitation techniques for the different varieties of sensitive waterfowl, with an emphasis on initial assessment, stabilization, stress reduction, supportive care, excellent nutrition, and innovative housing.
Dr. Michele Goodman, Webbed Foot Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic, PA
The Best Ways to Make Facebook Work For You
There are more than 70 million business and non-profit pages on Facebook – it seems as though everyone has a presence in this popular social media platform, from schools to animal rescues, from libraries to gas stations. With so many organizations posting content each day, how do you get your wildlife organization to stand out in the crowd? Learn about the most effective Facebook strategies that will help you build your Facebook community. Discussion will also include a number of helpful tricks and tools that will give your organization’s Facebook posts a boost.
Amanda Nicholson, Wildlife Center of Virginia
Explore the natural history and seasonal lives of mid-Atlantic bat species. We'll discuss the energetic demands of flight and echolocation in order to understand some common issues in rehab. We'll also discuss what is and isn't known about nutrition. The session will also include conservation concerns, including white-nose syndrome.
Leslie Sturges, The Save Lucy Campaign, VA
What's Inside? An Anatomy Discussion and Necropsy Lab **
Get to know the critters you care for inside-out! This hands-on session will include a (1) 45-minute overview of avian, mammalian, and reptilian anatomy, including respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system, etc. and (2) a 45-minute lab where attendees will be instructed on necropsy techniques and identification of organ systems and associated abnormalities/diseases.
Dr. Peach Van Wick, Wildlife Center of Virginia
Continuing Education Credits
Each day of the Call of the Wild conference is worth at least six (6) hours of continuing education credits for renewing wildlife rehabilitation permits.
** These classes are eligible for continuing education hours for licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians in Virginia based on 18VAC150-20-70, item 2.h. The Call of the Wild conference is co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.