Call of the Wild Conference

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 27th 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. 

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 and demonstrations, as well as live panel discussions and Q&A sessions. There are also a variety of social activities and connections through the app: meet up with fellow attendees for your morning coffee or plan a happy hour meet-up after class. 

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. 

Conference content will be available through the Whova site until the end of 2022, so even if you can't attend "live", you can still attend! 

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Scholarship Opportunities

Rehabitat Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Scholarships
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 Please include a brief summary of the species you rehabilitate. Scholarship recipients will receive a coupon code in September to cover the conference fees through online registration. 

Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (MWRA) Scholarships
MWRA is offering a limited number of scholarships for this event. If you are a member of MWRA and are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, please email your full name, species that you rehabilitate, and the days(s) that you'd like to attend to  Qualifying members will receive a coupon code to cover their conference fees until we exhaust our scholarship fund for this event, so be sure to get your request in early.

New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators Scholarships 
The New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR) is excited to announce they will be awarding scholarships to two NJAWR members for registration reimbursement to several 2022-23 symposiums, including the Call of the Wild conference! Applicants must be current NJAWR members and applications must be received by October 31, 2022. If you are interested in this scholarship opportunity, please visit for application announcements and membership information. 

Organizational Discounts

The Center is offering an organizational rate for facilities that would like to register five or more staff or volunteers for the three-day conference. Please email for details. 


Is your organization or company interested in setting up a virtual exhibitor booth? Email us for more details at

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 offers at least nine hours of CE, depending on classes selected. Certificates of attendance are emailed in the weeks following the conference. 

Veterinary CE 

According to Virginia Administrative Code 18VAC150-20-70, approved continuing education credit is given for courses related to the treatment and care of patients and clinical courses in veterinary medicine or veterinary technology or courses that enhance patient safety, such as medical recordkeeping or compliance with requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). In addition, the Call of the Wild conference is sponsored by a state government agency. While the board of veterinary medicine in Virginia does not “approve” continuing education courses or programs, if the course meets the requirements of the regulations, then the Board will accept the continuing education.

Center staff have determined that the following veterinary-taught classes pertain to the treatment and care of patients, and/or are clinical courses in wildlife medicine. A total of 4.5 hours are available Friday, 2 hours are available Saturday, and 4.5 hours are available Sunday for a grand total of 11 hours.

These classes are marked with a ** on the Whova Agenda and the summary of eligible classes is as follows:

Curious, Creepy, & Common Cases in Wildlife Rehabilitation: Baby Mammals to Adult Everything! [2 hours]
Just a Flesh-Wound! Unraveling the Mysteries of Wound Healing [.5 hour]
Toxicoses Encountered in a Wildlife Rehabilitation Setting [1 hour]
Pain Management in Wildlife [1 hour]
Facilitating a Veterinarian-Rehabilitator Partnership [2 hours]
Adult Songbird Triage, Common Clinical Presentations, & Treatments [1 hour]
Principles of Bandage Placement in the Avian Patient: Lecture & Demonstration [1.5 hour]
An Overview of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza : Origins, Prevalence & Its Significance in Wildlife Communities [.5 hour]
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: A Panel Discussion [1 hour]
Wildlife Rehabilitation after SARS-CoV-2 Emergence: Who Can Get it, and What Should Be Done? [.5 hour]

Animal Control Officer CE

7.5 hours of lectures are approved CE for Animal Control Officer training in Virginia, through the VDACS Office of Animal Care. A total 1.5 hours is approved for Friday, three hours are approved for Saturday, and a total of three hours on Sunday.

These classes are marked with a ++ on the Whova Agenda and the summary of eligible classes is as follows:

Analysis of Zoonotic Diseases in Pets & Wildlife in the Shenandoah Valley Tick Populations [.5 hour]
When Nature Calls [1 hour]
Read Me Like a Book: Why Behavioral Cues are Important [2 hours]
Emergency Preparedness 101: Keeping Animals Safe When Disaster Strikes [1 hour]
An Overview of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: Origins, Prevalence & Its Significance in Wildlife Communities [.5 hour]
Bats: The Animal, the Myths, the Reality! [1 hour]
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Panel Discussion [1 hour]
Wildlife Rehabilitation after SARS-CoV-2 Emergence: Who Can Get It & What Should We Do? [.5 hour]       

Veterinarians, technicians, and ACOs: please email us at for your specialized CE certificate for qualifying classes.  All general attendance certificates (for permitted rehabilitators and others) will be emailed in the weeks following the conference. 

Cancellation Policy

Program recordings are available until December 31, 2022. Even if you can’t attend the conference live, you’ll have access to all the material through the end of the year!  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. No refunds will be given after the start of the conference. 

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