Call of the Wild Conference

November 16-18, 2018

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 23rd 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 conference is sponsored by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, one of the nation’s leading teaching and research hospitals for native wildlife, and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries [VDGIF]. The Call of the Wild conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

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

Call for Speakers

This year, we're accepting submissions for Call of the Wild presentations! The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2018. After the deadline, the program committee will review submissions and will notify speakers. Those speaking at the conference receive complimentary registration to lectures on Saturday & Sunday. The Wildlife Center also covers hotel accommodations for speakers at the Best Western during conference weekend. Submit your presentation abstract here. 

Continuing Education Credits

The Call of the Wild conference offers CE opportunities to permitted wildlife rehabilitators as well as veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, and animal control officers. Certificates are provided at the conference. 

Scholarship Opportunities

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 outreach@wildlifecenter.org. Please include a brief summary of species you rehabilitate.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 outreach@wildlifecenter.org. Please include a brief summary of species you rehabilitate.

Lodging at the Best Western

The conference will be held at Best Western Inn & Suites Conference Center in Waynesboro, VA, conveniently located off of Interstate 64 at Exit 94.

The Best Western offers spacious non-smoking rooms with wireless internet access, cable satellite television, an in-room coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. This pet-friendly hotel features an array of amenities, including a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, an indoor heated saltwater pool, and a fitness center. Many local restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.

Room reservations and payment must be made through the Best Western. To reserve a room, please call the hotel directly at: 540-942-1100 or reserve online by using this group flier. 

Special pricing is guaranteed through October 25 at midnight, so be sure to make your reservations early! When making reservations, mention that you are attending the Wildlife Center of Virginia conference to receive the $99.99/night special conference rate. King suites are also available at $114.99/night. 

A Call of the Wild room block has also been set up at the nearby Days Inn

To cut costs, share accommodations! If you need help in locating a roommate, please contact us at outreach@wildlifecenter.org.

Air Travel

For those traveling by air, the two closest airports to Waynesboro are Charlottesville Airport [CHO] and Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport [SHD]. Both are within 30-45 minutes of Waynesboro. Both airports have rental car agencies within the airline terminals.

Fees

Stay tuned for additional information in the summer of 2018. 2017 prices were $130 for the weekend conference (Saturday/Sunday); one-day rate was $80. Student rates are available for full-time students with a valid ID.

Meals

The conference registration fee includes lunch catered by a local company featuring both vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees as well as side dishes and desserts. Accompanying guests who are not registered for the conference must pay a meal fee if they will be eating lunch with you. If you’d like to sign-up your guest for lunch, please email outreach@wildlifecenter.org.

A number of restaurants are within walking distance or a short drive from the hotel. 

Exhibitors

In between classes, join your fellow attendees in the exhibit hall, where there will be numerous vendors on Saturday and Sunday. See what’s new, learn more about rehabilitation groups throughout the state, and pick up a gift or two!

If you are interested in reserving an exhibit table, please read this information and email outreach@wildlifecenter.org. Exhibitors must be registered by October 1.

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