Call of the Wild Conference

November 20-22, 2020

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 25th annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from Virginia and beyond will share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation. 

The 2020 Call of the Wild conference will be held online! No need to make travel plans or book a hotel room.  You may take full advantage of the 2020 conference without leaving your home! Stay tuned for details. 

This is an excellent learning opportunity for rehabilitators of all skill levels — and a chance for you to relax and rejuvenate, and be inspired to continue the great work you do!


Are you interested in speaking at the Call of the Wild 2020? Please note that we're still working out details but the conference will be held online! Submit your proposed session here by August 9, 2020. 

Scholarship Opportunities

Rehabitat Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Scholarship
Thanks to a generous donation from Rehabitat Inc., scholarships are available for permitted Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians who work with a rehabilitator. Funds may be used for registration fees only. To apply, please email your name, address, and a copy of your current Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitation permit to Please include a brief summary of species you rehabilitate.

Veterinary/Veterinary Technician Student Scholarship
Wellesley Animal Hospital is offering a scholarship for a current veterinary or veterinary technician student or pre-veterinary/technician student. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration fees.  For 2020, the recipient of this scholarship must actively assist Wildlife Center staff (remotely) with conference logistics [moderating weekend lectures and other online tasks]. The recipient may also choose to present at the Call of the Wild conference instead, if an abstract is received by August 9. 

To apply, please email with a cover letter stating how attending this conference will help you achieve your professional goals, plus current student ID and proof of major/area of concentration. Deadline for application is October 1, 2020.  The recipient will be notified by October 8.

Continuing Education Credits

The Call of the Wild conference offers CE opportunities to permitted wildlife rehabilitators; these hours qualify for obtaining or renewing a wildlife rehabilitation permit. Each day of the conference is worth up to six hours of CE, depending on classes selected. Certificates of attendance are emailed in the weeks following the conference. 

In past years, a number of classes have been eligible for animal control officer continuing education credits as well as CE for licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians 


We'll be working to determine what the fees are for this year's virtual conference. Stay tuned for more info as we post program information later this summer! 

Questions? Please email

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