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, co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. 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 through the Whova Event app. No need to make travel plans or book a hotel room.  You may take full advantage of the 2020 conference without leaving your home! 

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!

Online Format

The three-day conference will be held through the Whova Event App, where attendees can find pre-recorded lectures, live Q&A sessions, and live webinars and panel discussions. There are also a variety of social activities and connections through the app: meet up with fellow attendees for your morning coffee, join us in the evening for wildlife trivia, or kick off a morning with wild yoga. Just because we're online this year doesn't mean we can't have fun! 

The Whova Event App (which contains all of the lectures, Q&A sessions, exhibitor hall, and community boards) can be viewed on web browsers on desktop/laptops as well as mobile devices. 

Get our official conference app
For Blackberry or Windows Phone, Click here
For feature details, visit Whova

Recordings will be available through the Whova site until the end of 2020, so even if you can't attend "live", you can still attend! 
 

 

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Scholarship Opportunities

Rehabitat Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Scholarship
Thanks to a generous donation from Rehabitat Inc., scholarships are available for permitted Pennsylvania wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians who work with a rehabilitator, and/or permitted capture and transport (C&T) permittees. 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 outreach@wildlifecenter.org. 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 outreach@wildlifecenter.org 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 9, 2020.  The recipient will be notified by October 23.

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. With recorded materials available in our online format this year, each day of the conference is worth up at least 10 hours of CE. Certificates of attendance are emailed in the weeks following the conference. 

A total of 13 hours of CE is available 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 Wildlife Resources. A total of five hours are available Friday, four hours are available Saturday, and four hours are available Sunday. These classes are marked with a ** on the Whova Agenda (above), and the summary of eligible classes is as follows: 

Into the Eye [30 mins]
Necropsy (Animal Autopsy): Uses, Limitations, & Basic Procedure [30 mins]
Necropsy (Animal Autopsy) Lab Demonstration: Basic Procedure [60 mins]
Triaging the Wildlife Patient [120 minutes]
Battling Bugs with More Than Baytril: A Rehabilitator’s Guide to the Educated Use of Antibiotics in Wildlife    [60 mins]
Aquatic Freshwater Turtle Shell Repair  [60 mins]
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Panel Discussion [60 mins]
Triage & Initial Stabilization of Orphaned Wild Mammals [60 mins]
The Early Bird Gets the Worm [30 mins]
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease: What You Need to Know [30 mins]
Nutritional Ecology: The Basics for Wildlife Rehabilitation [90 mins]
Nutritional Imbalances in Wildlife [60 mins]
Wildlife Rehabilitation Data & Rehabilitators as Sources for Insights into Ecological Processes [30 mins]          
Interactive Panel Discussion: Resources for Rehabilitating Unusual Species [60 mins]  

A total of 20.5 hours of CE is available for Animal Control Officers in Virginia with approval from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.   A total of five hours are approved for Friday, eight hours are approved for Saturday, and a total of 7.5 hours on Sunday. These classes are marked with a ++ on the Whova Agenda (above), and the summary of eligible classes is as follows: 

Get Involved with Wildlife Rehabilitation [30 mins]
Wild Fostering: The Fundamental Process [30 mins]
Dealing with the Public Without Losing Your Cool [60 mins]
Fostering Coexistence with Wildlife in Your Community [60 mins]
Triaging the Wildlife Patient [120 minutes]
Building a Neonatal Incubator [30 mins]
Aquatic Freshwater Turtle Shell Repair [60 mins]
Thoughtful Enclosure Design: Creating the Best Environment for Your Patients [30 mins]
It's All About Choices: Making Small Changes to Positively Impact the Welfare of our Animals [60 mins]
Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Panel Discussion [60 mins]
Triage & Initial Stabilization of Orphaned Wild Mammals [60 mins]
Unusual Small Mammals of Virginia & How to Care for Them [60 mins]
Common Complications in Hatchling to Fledgling Songbird Rehabilitation [30 mins]
The Early Bird Gets the Worm [30 mins]
Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease: What You Need to Know [30 mins]
Potential Drivers of Bat Population Persistence Despite Continued Prevalence of White-nose Syndrome [30 mins]
Nutritional Ecology: The Basics for Wildlife Rehabilitation [90 mins]
Nutritional Imbalances in Wildlife [60 mins]
Wildlife Rehabilitation Data & Rehabilitators as Sources for Insights into Ecological Processes [30 mins]
Up, Up, and Away! [60 mins]
Interactive Panel Discussion: Resources for Rehabilitating Unusual Species [60 mins]
Helping Rehab and Educational Animals Thrive [60 mins]
Releasing Wild Animals & Considerations for Post-Release Survival [90 mins]

Cancellation Policy

With the vast majority of classes recorded in some format, even if you can’t attend live during the conference weekend, you’ll have access to all the material!  But if you must cancel, please notify us in writing (via email) as soon as possible. Cancellations (in writing only) received prior to November 1 are eligible to receive a full refund. Cancellations received after November 1 may qualify for a partial refund.

Questions? Please email academy@wildlifecenter.org

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