Call of the Wild Conference

November 19-21, 2021

The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 26th 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 2021 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 2021 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 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 2021, so even if you can't attend "live", you can still attend! 


Stay tuned as we fine-tune the timing of lectures and panels throughout conference weekend. A full list of class titles, lengths, and abstracts can be found here. While some classes make take place concurrently, nearly all content will be recorded. Participants will have access to each days' content throughout the end of 2021.


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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 10 hours of CE. Certificates of attendance are emailed in the weeks following the conference. 

We are currently seeking approval for qualifying CE for licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians in Virginia, as well as Virginia Animal Control Officers. 

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 Please include a brief summary of the species you rehabilitate. Scholarship recipients will receive a coupon code covering the conference fees. 

Maryland Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (MWRA) Scholarship
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.

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 through December 31, 2021!  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. No refunds will be given after the start of the conference. 


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